A significant winter storm continues to develop over the southeastern US. It will have a big impact on travel conditions throughout the day over North Alabama and southern Tennessee.
We will start the morning with a brief period of rain and sleet before changing over to snow in most areas between Noon and 3pm. Roads will become hazardous through the afternoon and evening hours and will probably not get any better until Thursday afternoon at the earliest. Governor Bentley has declared as state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama.
Temperatures will reach the middle 30s ahead of the snow tomorrow but will fall into the upper 20s once the snow becomes heavy. Heavy bands of snow will develop and track to the northeast into the afternoon and evening. Two to four inches of snow looks likely across the entire area with areas along and south of the Tennessee River getting up to six inches by 10pm Wednesday night. The heaviest band of snow could set up from Cullman County to the northeast into DeKalb County. This is where we could see snowfall totals near 7 inches. Heavy wet snow could break limbs on pine trees. There is some risk of power outages due to falling tree limbs.
If you must be on the roads once the snow begins to fall make sure you have a supply of water and food. I also advise you have a charged cell phone. If you need to leave your car running make sure the exhaust of your car is clear of any snow that could create a carbon monoxide issue. Have extra blankets as well. I also recommend a full tank of gas. Some of the snowfall could be higher than expected. Keep in mind this is still a developing storm.
A few snow flurries will follow on Thursday with highs in the middle 30s.
Rain chances will return over the weekend with highs near 50.
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