(Skyvision Camera From The First Commercial Bank Building, Highway 280.)
The perfect recipe for disaster unfolded on this date in 2014. Numerical forecast guidance pointed towards a winter storm over south Alabama and data suggested most of the precipitation would be south of our area. In addition, a bitterly cold and dry arctic air mass was settling into the state. Data suggested dry air would win the battle as is often does during winter weather events in our area. However, on the morning of the 28th, we began to realize the precipitation axis was developing further north and snow was reaching the ground. As we planned our day and left for work/school, temperatures tumbled into the teens as the snow began to fall. Because of the frigid air, the snow rapidly accumulated and roads were covered in ice. Often temperatures are right at or just below freezing during winter weather events in Central Alabama. On this day however, temperatures plummeted into the teens, the kind of snow event that would typically take place in the northern United States.
Here is a video clip from that day: https://youtu.be/RKWxr7F1ocQ
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt