Snow falls across all of Alabama

Kids play in the snow in Alabaster (WBRC photo)
Kids play in the snow in Alabaster (WBRC photo)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Snow fell Friday from the Gulf Coast to the Tennessee Valley, giving hundreds of thousands of kids and adults an early weekend.

The snow began falling before sunrise Friday in southwest Alabama, then spread across the state throughout the morning.  By early afternoon Friday, nearly every square mile of the state had received at least a dusting of snow.

The National Weather Service said two to four inches of snow had fallen across central Alabama Friday, with some areas south and north of Montgomery receiving up to five inches.  The snow was expected to end across Alabama by Friday night.

Most roads across Alabama were wet but passable Friday afternoon because temperatures were still several degrees above freezing.  However, the Alabama Department of Transportion said Friday afternoon it was beginning to receive reports of icy roads in north and east Alabama. ALDOT said road crews were investigating and sanding or salting roads when necessary.

The city of Birmingham also opened a warming station Friday morning at Boutwell Auditorium for those in need.

Many school systems across Alabama were closed or closed early Friday, giving hundreds of thousands of school children a longer holiday weekend than expected.  Many kids took advantage of the wet snow, making lots of snowballs and snowmen.  Many pictures and videos of the fun were sent in to FOX6 through the TV station's websites, and

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