Latest model data suggests a better chance now of a changeover from rain to sleet to snow as far south as Birmingham to Anniston. Temperatures at upper levels drop below freezing but at low levels it will be a different story most places during the time this changeover occurs. The snow should be east of Marion, Winston and Cullman counties by the time temperatures drop to and below the freezing mark. Despite that, please travel with caution across those counties because if and when the temperature reaches the freezing mark, bridges and overpasses could ice up. Main streets should be mainly wet seeing ground temperatures are so mild. Points eastward, temperatures will likely be slightly above freezing at the surface when this wintry dose moves through. That means melting on contact, especially on roadways which should just be wet. Elevated surfaces it could be a different story and a light coating is possible.
TEMPERATURE FORECAST FOR 5AM:
TIMING OF THE CHANGEOVER:
WEST: Anytime after 10pm and lingering as late as 3AM.
CENTRAL: As early as 1AM and lingering through 5AM.
EAST: Between 2AM-7AM is the best chance for sleet and snow.
- No major travel issues are expected
- Most roadways will just stay wet when this wintry weather passes through
- Only concern for potential icy spots will be on bridges & overpasses along highway 278 & points northward
- The threat for wintry precipitation ends by daybreak most places
- Minor accumulation is possible on elevated and grassy surfaces
That's the scoop!
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Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist