A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of North Alabama and southern Tennessee for the potential for freezing rain and sleet accumulations overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Stay tuned for updates on the timing and the impact for your area.
Widespread low clouds, fog and light rain will be over North Alabama and southern Tennessee this evening and overnight. Temperatures will warm into the lower to middle 60s and remain there all night. Temperatures will climb to near 70 degrees early Wednesday afternoon with an increase in the humidity. Widespread showers and thunderstorms will develop ahead of a cold front that will begin to move into the Shoals before Lunch. 1-3” of rain is looking likely for many areas. Some of the t-storms could contain brief gusty winds up to 45mph.
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 1:00 am Thursday. Here is a timeline on when to expect the changeover: Shoals around 1am. HSV Metro around 4am. NE Alabama around 6am. Southern Tennessee between 1-3am. The worst threat for icing up to .25” will be along and west of I-65. Accumulations of sleet and freezing rain could create travel problems for the entire area throughout the morning on Thursday.
Highs Thursday afternoon will be close to freezing so roads may not improve unless we get some sunshine Thursday afternoon. Expect some travel issues to linger Friday morning. Stay tuned for the latest weather information.
Have a great night.
WAFF 48 Storm Team
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