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Snow, freezing rain hits central Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Rain, sleet, and snow moved across central Alabama Thursday, causing numerous wrecks and creating problems for people trying to get home from school and work.

Snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain began falling in west Alabama during the mid-morning hours Thursday, then quickly spread eastward. By 1 p.m., snow, sleet and rain began falling in the Birmingham area and reached east Alabama by 3 p.m. Some of the rain quickly began to freeze on bridges, overpasses, and other elevated roads, causing numerous wrecks in the Birmingham metro area and surrounding area, forcing many school systems to close early.

Some school systems even had problems getting students home. Several buses in St. Clair County had to return to school after slick roads prevented drivers from runing their routes. Teachers had to stay late at school with students until parents could get to the schools to pick up their children.  Parents reported similar problems in parts of Blount County.

The National Weather Service, in a statement Thursday afternoon, said pockets of freezing rain, sleet, and snow would continue across central Alabama through the evening and overnight hours. Forecasters said temperatures would slowly begin to warm overnight, changing much of the wintry precipitation over to rain by tomorrow morning, but temperatures would still be cold enough for "significant icing" on elevated surfaces.

FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice said Thursday afternoon temperatures may not warm any overnight, which would lead to continued road problems around north-central Alabama overnight and into the morning hours on Friday.

Several school systems contacted FOX6 News Thursday night announcing plans to delay the opening of their schools by two to three hours Friday to give the roads enough time to thaw.


Snow accumulations Thursday evening were greatest north of Birmingham, especially in northern Jefferson County, western and northern Blount County, and Chilton County. Some people reported up to two inches of snowfall by 4 p.m. Thursday.  Visibility in downtown Cullman was low late Thursday afternoon as bands of heavy snow fell across the city.


National Weather Service forecasters said light snow was also expected to continue to mix with the sleet or freezing rain at times through the night for people along or north of Interstate 20.  Accumulations of up to two inches were possible in areas near the U.S. Highway 78 / Corridor X interstate.

Forecasters urged everyone to use extra caution when traveling.


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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Light rain moved into central Alabama Thursday as temperatures were hovering near freezing, causing numerous wrecks and dumping sleet, freezing rain and snow across the state.

Snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain began falling in west Alabama during the mid-morning hours Thursday, then quickly spread eastward. By 1 p.m., snow, sleet and rain began falling in the Birmingham area and reached east Alabama by 3 p.m. Some of the rain quickly began to freeze on bridges, overpasses, and other elevated roads, causing numerous wrecks in the Birmingham metro area and surrounding area, forcing many school systems to close early.

The National Weather Service, in a statement Thursday afternoon, said pockets of freezing rain, sleet, and snow would continue across central Alabama through the evening and overnight hours. Forecasters said temperatures would slowly begin to warm overnight, changing much of the wintry precipitation over to rain by tomorrow morning, but temperatures would still be cold enough for "significant icing" on elevated surfaces.

FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice said Thursday afternoon temperatures may not warm any overnight, which would lead to continued road problems around north-central Alabama overnight and into the morning hours on Friday.

Snow accumulations Thursday evening were greatest north of Birmingham, especially in northern Jefferson County, western and northern Blount County, and Chilton County. Some people reported up to two inches of snowfall by 4 p.m. Thursday.  Visibility in downtown Cullman was low late Thursday afternoon as bands of heavy snow fell across the city.

National Weather Service forecasters said light snow was also expected to continue to mix with the sleet or freezing rain at times through the night for people along or north of Interstate 20.  Accumulations of up to two inches were possible in areas near the U.S. Highway 78 / Corridor X interstate.

Forecasters urged everyone to use extra caution when traveling.
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