Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the Valley today. Once again, we’re right on the dividing line between a cold rain and more significant freezing rain. Snow flurries are possible this morning, and we’ll see cloudy skies.
By the late morning, a steadier snow should begin to develop over northwestern AL. Minor accumulations of less than 1” possible, and a relatively quick change to sleet or freezing rain can be expected. For areas above 32° it would be a mix of sleet and rain. Temperatures should hover around freezing most of the afternoon. As the wintry mix spreads east, we’ll likely see a light glaze of ice develop on elevated surfaces. Icing problems this afternoon should be relatively scattered as some of us will make it 33-34 and see sleet and cold rain…others will stay at 31-32 and icy spots will develop there.
By the evening, temperatures should warm enough in the Shoals to switch things over to all rain. For the Huntsville Metro and areas east, we’re still in the borderline zone then with temperatures ranging from 30-34. Icy spots are possible for the typical evening commute home. Most roads should be free of slick spots through 2-3pm. The threat for accumulating ice is greater overnight across southern TN and northeastern AL. These are the areas under a winter storm warning, and temperatures here could remain below freezing for most of the night. Some areas could see a quarter to a half-inch of ice.
We all warm above freezing by Saturday morning. That means any icing would be temporary as just rain..no snow or ice..can be expected Saturday. Problems created by the ice such as downed trees and power outages may linger. Highs should make it into the 50s.
The rain wraps up on Sunday and colder weather returns. Not as cold as this recent Arctic blast, but temperatures will remain below normal next week. Highs of upper 30s to mid 40s can be expected with lows in the 20s.
-Meteorologist David Ernst