Freezing rain is already moving in across Marion and Lamar counties and the precipitation along with sub-freezing temperatures will trend slowly southeastward the rest of Thursday morning. It is pouring rain with temperatures below freezing in Hamilton as of 4AM which is right on schedule. A glaze of ice is already forming in Hamilton and the glaze will only grow in size this morning. We are talking about exposed surfaces that are elevated, like bridges and overpasses, trees, power lines etc. It will take much longer for the freezing rain to become a major issue on area roadways.
The freezing line pushes southward this morning and precipitation will changeover to freezing rain as far south as northern Tuscaloosa to Jefferson to Blount to Etowah counties. Just how far south the freezing line progresses this afternoon is still in question. New developments this morning with model data suggests it might not budge as far south as the I-59/I-20 corridor. We'll continue to track trends and keep you updates.
Here's what to expect today for a few specific cities across the Fox 6 viewing area:
Hamilton: Freezing rain through 8am and then changing to sleet & snow through 12pm.
Tuscaloosa: Chance for freezing rain after 9am through 12pm and ending as sleet through 2pm, greatest threat above 1,000 ft.
Birmingham: Chance for freezing rain after 9am through 2pm especially above 1,000 ft.
Anniston: Chance for freezing rain after 10am, but mainly above 1,000 ft.
Ice accumulation combined with gusty winds will lead to possible sporadic power outages today. The greatest threat is where a winter storm warning is in effect, especially across Marion and Winston counties.
Winter storm warning & freezing rain advisory are in effect until 3PM:
So the forecast looks on track today with the greatest travel impacts this morning to the northwest and potential slick spots developing southeastward during the late morning into the early afternoon hours.
We will continue to keep you updated online and especially on Good Day Alabama!
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist