If you're looking for the bad guy to blame for this wacky weather today, I've found him. It's this deepening low in the Gulf of Mexico that is tracking northeast. This image was provided by our friends at Baron Services in Huntsville. (The developers of VIPIR)
While not exactly the same, the setup reminds me a bit of the scenario back in March 1993. When you have a Gulf low and cold air - you can often see heavy snowfall. Not the convective storms in the Gulf of Mexico. Radar does not reach that far, but you can see the lighting strikes. I'm not saying we're looking at a rare March 1993 event, but I do think parts of East Alabama will see some heavy accumulating snowfall. The bulleye still appears somewhere along the I-59 corridor and especially around Etowah, Dekalb, and Cherokee Counties.
Just some basic meteorology - the circulation around a low is counter-clockwise. The low will pull cold temperatures in Alabama from the east while at the same time spreading moisture to the north. As the low tracks northeast we'll see plenty of wintry weather related problems across Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
The peak time for this event is between 4pm and 9pm. Fox6 will keep you posted on-air and online throughout the afternoon.
Fox6 Chief Meteorologist