Winter storm warning issued for northern Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the northern half of Alabama, effective tonight and early Thursday morning, where up to three inches of snow could fall tonight.

FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice says a strong, fast-moving winter storm will enter west Alabama Wednesday afternoon and could produce up to three inches of snow in some areas, especially in locations south of Interstate 20.

"We're looking at a quick hitting event here capable of producing upwards of three inches of snow in some areas," Dice said. "The highest potential for snowfall accumulation will be south of I-20.  This would include Hale, Greene, Perry, Chilton, Coosa, and Tallapoosa Counties.  I would also look at south Shelby and southern Talladega Counties as areas receiving considerable snowfall - more than two inches."

The National Weather Service on Wednesday morning issued a winter storm warning for the northern half of Alabama. Forecasters said a strong winter storm will move into Alabama late Wednesday, bringing up to three inches of snow to locations across north and central Alabama.  The snow is expected to begin accumulating in west Alabama as early as late Wednesday afternoon and then quickly spread eastward. The majority of the snow is expected to fall between sunset Wednesday and sunrise Thursday.

Dice said the Birmingham-metro area will likely receive upwards of two inches of snowfall.  

"Snowfall will begin in Alabama around 3-4pm with no accumulation during the afternoon," Dice said. "After sunset, accumulation will begin.  The snow will quickly come to an end in our western counties by 10 p.m.  Snow will continue overnight until around 2-3 a.m. for our eastern counties."

The National Weather Service says snow accumulating on area roadways will make travel hazardous tonight and Thursday morning, especially on bridges, overpasses, and roads in higher elevations.  Travel conditions are expected to improve through the day Thursday as temperatures rise above freezing.

I do expect some travel issues Thursday morning," Dice said. "However, by 10 a.m. Thursday, temperatures will be above freezing and what snow that has fallen will have melted.

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