How about this temperature change? Yesterday we were enjoying a taste of spring time and today we are back in the heart of winter. Parts of our area have experienced 50º+ drop in temperatures! That has to be one of the largest temperature swings in Alabama weather history.
(Latest surface analysis shows the temperature (in red) now down to 24 in Haleyville, 25 in Cullman, and 29 in Birmingham.)
The wintry mix has now ended for places like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Gadsden. A light wintry mix will continue to impact our southern counties and this will gradually taper off from northwest to southeast. So far the black top remains mainly wet in the heart of the area but cold air continues to pour in, so any residual moisture will become black ice. We are most concerned about icy patches on bridges and overpasses, especially tonight when temps tumble into the low 20s and upper teens. Unfortunately we can’t put a time on when that will happen. With temperatures now below freezing however, ice development could happen at any moment. Road conditions are very hazardous in the harder hit locations further north across Marion, Winston, & Cullman counties, especially the secondary roads, bridges, and overpasses. I would especially avoid travel in these areas until we rise above freezing tomorrow. I saw one report of a power outage earlier but this may be due to the gusty wind. The ground is already quite saturated because of the soggy weather we’ve experienced this week. J-P will have additional top and bottom of the hour updates throughout the remainder of the afternoon. Our traffic team is also monitoring road conditions. If you are on twitter you can share any icy road reports with our traffic team @fox6traffic
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt