First off, temperatures continue to rise above freezing and any ice that formed on the roadways overnight is slowly melting. There are some trouble spots we want to address despite the fact that parts of Alabama are no longer under a winter weather advisory. Slow travel is advised across Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb and Jackson counties as many roadways remain iced over, especially rural ones beginning in northeastern Etowah county. Even across the higher elevations in northeast Blount, northeast St. Clair, Calhoun and Cleburne counties could still see some icy spots this morning. Travel is not advised towards Chattanooga at least until after 1pm. If you have plans to head towards Atlanta, I don't recommend traveling until after 12pm but most of the ride along I-20 is expected to just be wet and not icy.
WINTER STORM WARNING/ICE STORM WARNING/WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
SATURDAY'S SET UP:
We are tracking low pressure strengthening to our west which is causing gusty winds and increasing temperatures across the state. Winds could gust over 30 mph today. Driving could be difficult at times, especially in high profile vehicles in Mississippi. This system drags a cold front our way by tonight and causes a line of showers and storms to develop, some of which could be strong as they enter the state later this evening.
HOUR-BY-HOUR SIMULATED RADAR:
There is a marginal risk for a few severe storms in central Mississippi. A few of those storms may be strong as they enter the Alabama this evening after 5pm. Some of the strong winds aloft might be transported down to the surface so don't be shocked if wind gusts over 40 mph accompany some of the storms. Heavy rainfall is the biggest and most widespread threat with up to 1.50" possible which could lead to ponding on the roadways, low visibility and hydroplaning. This activity should reach the I-59/I-20 corridor after 9pm.
Rain exits quickly overnight into Sunday morning, clouds linger and colder as filters in as the cold front passes by from north to south. Temperatures in the upper 40s to start and highs in the lower 50s. Dress for cool and cloudy conditions at the Mercedes Marathon!
WATCHING SOME MINOR WINTRY PRECIPITATION CHANCES:
SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING...
MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING....
Based on the RPM 12km model data, you can see little hints of it but no strong signal towards the state seeing wintry precipitation. We'll be ironing down that forecast and keep you updated. It looks very minor at this point if it happens and the greatest chance would once again be along the highway 278 corridor.
Have a great day and enjoy highs in the 60s!!!!
Fox 6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi