A big chunk of central Alabama is now under a winter storm warning until 7AM in the morning. The southern edge of the warning area is Dallas, Autauga and Elmore and Tallapoosa counties. Elsewhere a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for many counties along and south of I-85 as far south as Pike and Barbour counties. Here’s the updated warning map.
WINTER STORM WARNING: Within the winter storm warning area, additional snowfall accumulations of 2-4” inches will be common. Even higher amounts are possible in the higher elevations of east central and northeast Alabama. Travel will be difficult to nearly impossible in spots.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Snow accumulations will vary from about ½ inch to up to 2” generally south of I-65. Travel problems and possible minor accumulations will extend as far south as Pike and Barbour counties overnight.
TRAVEL: Officials in Elmore and Autauga counties already report that “all roads should be considered impassable and should be used for emergency use only.” In fact, EMA authorities in the following counties are advising people to stay off the road unless it’s an emergency: Autauga, Bibb, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Hale, Jefferson, Marengo, Perry, Talladega, Tallapoosa
IN THE MORNING: Through at least 7am, even after the precipitation has left the area, I am worried about areas of black ice on some roadways. Use extreme caution till temperatures warm above freezing.
After today, it will still be cold this weekend. We will be in the 40’s on Saturday but winds will make it seem colder. Saturday night and Sunday night we will fall to the 20’s. It will be a little warmer by Monday afternoon before it cools down again Tuesday.
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