Sleet Info…Mostly Rain Now…Monday Update 9pm

 

After lots of sleet this afternoon and evening, most of the area is dealing with a cold rain now. There have been no known wrecks due to icy roads in west and central Alabama. Since road and air temperatures are well above freezing, travel should be fine tonight. Take it easy on the roads since they’re wet. Just like rain on a summer day, wet roads often cause a few wrecks here and there. The map above shows where the estimated sleet/rain line is. This line is progressing east this evening, and all frozen precipitation will be out of Alabama by midnight tonight.

Warmer air above the surface is moving in from the southwest, which is causing the snow flakes and sleet to melt faster before reaching the surface. Sleet is when a snow flake falls into a layer of above freezing temperatures. The snow flake melts some but not completely. The somewhat melted snow flake will then fall into a layer of below freezing temperatures before reaching the ground. As that happens, the partially melted snow flake will freeze into a sleet pellet and looks a little like a tiny hail stone. Hail is formed through another process, so sleet is much more different than hail. Also, sleet is not a frozen rain drop.

Rain will continue on and off for much of the night. As the wave of low pressure continues to push eastward, rain will taper off late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

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Sleet Starting to Change to Rain… Monday Update 6:25 PM

Much of the area is dealing with light to moderate sleet this evening. As temperatures above the surface continue to warm, look for sleet to change to all rain over the next few hours. Road and surface temperatures are well above freezing, so there are no issues expected tonight. Any road issues will be tied in to wet roads just as if it were a summer shower.

Rain will take over for much of the night and early tomorrow. Look for rain to end late tonight or early tomorrow, as the surface low tracks east.

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Sleet Falling in West Alabama…No Road Issues… Monday Update 2:55pm

We’re getting lots of reports of sleet in west Alabama this afternoon. Look for sleet and rain to continue moving east northeast. A batch of moderate sleet is falling over Greene, southern Pickens and norther Sumter County as of 2:50pm. That batch will move in to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas over the next couple of hours. Again, we do not expect any issues on the roads.

This activity will change to all rain by midnight tonight. In-fact, it will change to rain from southwest to northeast through the late evening and early overnight hours.

Rain will continue at times through Tuesday morning, before dry weather moves in Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures will warm quickly with highs in the upper 50s on Tuesday and upper 60s on Wednesday and Thursday. Another storm system will arrive on Thursday, and may bring some strong storms.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

 

A Little Wintry Mix, Then Rain… Monday Update 1pm

Good Monday to you! Above is a map of where a little wintry mix should happen late this evening and early tonight. A wave of low pressure is moving our way from the west, where lots of rain and snow is falling today. As the precipitation starts to fall later this afternoon and evening, evaporative cooling will take over. Since the air is very dry, most of the precipitation will evaporate at first. This will cause temperatures at and above the surface to cool quickly. This may cause some wintry mix to fall in north and parts of central Alabama.

Areas south of Tuscaloosa should only see rain through Tuesday morning. Areas near and north of Tuscaloosa and Sylacauga will see a rain and sleet mixture this evening through midnight tonight, then all precip will change to a cold rain. Areas  near and north of Jasper will see a snow, sleet mix at this evening, with all rain after midnight. 

I don’t expect anything to stick or cause any problems in central or west Alabama. The Huntsville area is under a Winter Weather Advisory, due to the risk of icy roads and a light snow/sleet accumulation. Even in north Alabama, all precip will change to rain tonight. If you are driving north of Cullman and Haleyville, take it extra easy tonight. Roads will be fine by sunrise in that part of the state.

Even if you see a little wintry mix, it won’t be a big deal at all and won’t last long. Only a few hours after the precip starts, everything will change over to a light to moderate rain.

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