A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all of North Alabama and southern Tennessee from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday for the potential of freezing rain and sleet accumulations.
Showers and a few thunderstorms will track east ahead of a cold front tonight. 1-3" of rain is looking likely for many areas. Some of the t-storms could contain brief gusty winds up to 45mph, but severe weather is not expected. Rain will change to freezing rain and sleet across all of the area from west to east as temperatures fall to or below freezing after midnight.
Here is a timeline on when to expect the changeover early Thursday:
Shoals and Northwest Alabama around 1am.
Huntsville and Madison Metros around 4am.
Sand Mountain and Northeast Alabama around 6am.
Southern Tennessee between 1-3am.
The freezing rain could then mix with sleet and a brief changeover to snow is possible through mid Thursday morning. Accumulations, if any, will be light.
The worst threat for icing up to .25" will be along and west of I-65. This is also the area of greatest concern for possible outages. Up to .10” of ice is possible east of I-65.
Travel could be hazardous all across the Tennessee Valley by Thursday morning with little improvement throughout the day, unless we get some sunshine, with highs around 32°. Expect some travel issues to linger Friday morning. Skies become mostly sunny late Friday with highs in the lower 40s, putting an end to any travel issues. Temperatures continue to rebound over the weekend and into early next week. Stay tuned for the latest weather information.
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