7:30AM WINTER STORM UPDATE – Growing Icing Concerns

New updates on possible ice accumulation and sleet/snow accumulation on this update.   Rain covers much of central/south Alabama now.  Rain has been mixed with a little sleet/snow in Shelby county.  Birmingham is at 31, but father south Montgomery is 42 with light rain falling.  Temperatures will fall throughout the day as rain continues.

 

ICE ACCUMULATION:  Concern is growing for icing accumulation from freezing rain/sleet.  The greatest concern area has shifted northward to the I-20/I-59 corridor where .10 to .15” could accumulate.  Father south in the I-85 corridor, accumulations of up to .10” ice is possible.  This will lead to extremely hazardous travel.

 

As for the accumulation of sleet & snow, which is totally different ballgame, the biggest accumulation is expected in the Winter Storm Warning area from Perry, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers county northward where 2-3” and in some cases 3+” are possible.  Travel will become extremely hazardous.

Here’s the updated Winter Weather Warning and Winter Weather Advisory Map

MONTGOMERY AREA FORECAST DETAILS:  Winter Weather Advisory today until Saturday AM. Rain today.  Temperatures falling to   mid 30’s by 5PM. Tonight:  Rain mixes with sleet. By Midnight a sleet/freezing rain mix likely.  Then, in the wee hours a sleet/snow mix, before ending.  Little or no snow/sleet accumulation, but ice accumulation of up to .10 possible.  Low by Saturday morning 25.  High Saturday 36 with Clearing skies.   Low by Sunday morning 21, wind chill factor 10-12°.  High Sunday 41.

STAY WEATHER AWARE:  We will have additional Blog updates as needed today and tonight.  They will appear on your Weather App, on Facebook and on Twitter.  There will be a LIVE update from the Bluewater Weather Center at 11:00AM.