Winter Storm Ending Quickly…8:45pm Friday Update #alwx @wvua23
January 6, 2017 Leave a comment
At 8:45pm Friday, the winter weather event is gradually coming to an end across west Alabama and north Alabama, with a light wintry mix still ongoing for areas in a line near Linden to Marion to Clanton to Anniston. Most of this precip is a mixture of sleet and snow, with freezing rain near Selma to Rockford to Lineville. Additional light snow accumulations are still possible east of Birmingham near the I-20 corridor before midnight. After midnight, the wintry precip should be pretty much over.
I expect all precip to end across west, central and east Alabama in the next few hours. With temperatures in the lower to middle 20s already across central Alabama, roads are going to be in bad shape through tonight and into tomorrow morning. It may be late morning before roads start to improve tomorrow, as sunshine will help to warm the roads a bit.
Overall, looking back at the event, the snow amounts were not as high as expected for some areas, due to the warm layer of temperatures 5,000 feet above the ground. Most of the precip fell as sleet or a mix of snow and sleet or freezing rain. Due to that, snow accumulations were mainly centered near the I-20 corridor, ranging from a dusting to 2 inches in spots. Totals coming from Tuscaloosa seem like the heaviest spot, with totals around 1 to 2 inches.
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