3:15pm Friday Winter Wx Update #alwx @wvua23
January 6, 2017 Leave a comment
At 3:15pm, areas generally along I-20 and points north have been in a lull in the precip over the past few hours, but the main show taking shape and moving into our area now. It would be wise to get off the roads quickly and stay home for the night. We’re hearing of major traffic issues just to our west, as this large precip shield organizes and dumps really heavy snow in some areas and freezing rain and sleet in other areas. There are currently freezing rain and sleet issues just south of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, where temperatures are below freezing and a mix of sleet and freezing rain continues to accumulate.
Right now, sleet and freezing rain is rapidly spreading across west and central Alabama, with snow on the north side of the precipitation shield to the north of I-20. As colder air at the surface and aloft continues to spread southward across Alabama, conditions will rapidly deteriorate over the next few hours. Snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 4 inches will be possible where the heavy axis sets up somewhere close to I-20/59 from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston and Gadsden. To the south of I-20, this will be mostly freezing rain and sleet, which will cause significant travel issues this afternoon through tonight. Given the amount of freezing rain possible in some areas, power outages may become an issues as well. It is interesting to note that lightning and thunder is being reported over west Mississippi..
The event will start to end from west to east tonight; in-fact, the snow and wintry mix should be over by midnight for many areas over west Alabama and before sunrise for east Alabama. Roads will take time to improve tomorrow, as temperatures will remain very cold.
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