A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of North Alabama and southern Tennessee until 3 p.m. this afternoon.
Rain has already, or will, change to freezing rain and sleet across all of the area as temperatures continue to drop below freezing. Road conditions will deteriorate throughout the morning.
Icy spots will start out as isolated in nature, but will become more numerous with time. Bridges and overpasses will be the first to get slick, but problems will develop on secondary and even main roads. Give yourself additional time/distance to stop and don’t follow other cars as closely as you would under normal conditions. That being said, if you can, it’s best to stay off the roads today. Roads that are ok at 7 a.m. may actually be more treacherous this afternoon.
The freezing rain and sleet mix should change to sleet and snow during the mid/late morning. Before that happens, total ice accumulation due to freezing rain should be near 0.3” for many. We could then add up to a half-inch of sleet or snow on top of that…leading to more travel issues.
Isolated power outages are possible for those who see more than 0.25” of ice. Areas at highest risk for that would be northwestern AL and southern TN. Wind gusts of 25-30 mph will be problematic as well.
Roads conditions shouldn’t improve a whole lot through the day. Temperatures will hold near or below freezing all day, and skies will remain cloudy. But, if we do get some sunshine, roads will get better.
Expect some travel issues to linger Friday morning as temperatures fall into the upper teens for lows. Skies become mostly sunny late Friday with highs in the lower 40s, putting an end to any slick roads. Temperatures continue to rebound over the weekend and into early next week. Stay tuned for the latest weather information.
-Meteorologist David Ernst