Winter storm causes issues for central Alabama

Photo courtesy Sylvia Stella
Photo courtesy Sylvia Stella
Photo courtesy Sylvia Stella
Photo courtesy Sylvia Stella

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A winter storm bringing a mix of snow, sleet and rain pushed across Alabama on Thursday and continued to create issues for Alabamians into Friday morning.

The storm has attributed to several wrecks and can be blamed for at least three accident-related deaths. Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says deputies on the evening shift worked 120 weather-related wrecks.

Several school systems have delayed opening on Friday. Many have chosen to open around 10:00 a.m. to give any icy roads and bridges a chance to thaw. Weather concerns in Cullman County caused the Cullman County School System to cancel all classes on Friday after an initial delay. To view information on school closings, visit MyFoxClosings.com.

Accumulations of the winter weather were at the worst north of Interstate 20. The areas of Cullman, Blount County and Oneonta saw up to 2 inches of snow and low visibility at the height of the storm. Overnight rainfall helped to clear out much of the accumulation for many areas.

Forecasters are predicting a resurgence in the wintery weather overnight Friday into Saturday. Saturday should be remain cold while Sunday is expected to bring temperatures in the low 50's with some showers.

Caution is still encouraged while driving over the next few days. The conditions for ice are present on elevated surfaces until Sunday.

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