Winter storm dumps snow across Alabama - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Winter storm dumps snow across Alabama

Brilliant, AL (Feb. 9, 2011, WBRC photo) Brilliant, AL (Feb. 9, 2011, WBRC photo)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A fast-moving storm dumped several inches of snow across Alabama Wednesday night.

By 11 p.m. Wednesday, almost the entire northern half of Alabama had received snow.  Snowfall totals of at least an inch were being reported across much of the viewing area, with the heaviest snowfall totals occurring in west Alabama:

Vernon (Lamar County) 4.7 inches
Hackelburg (Marion County) 4.2 inches
Melborne (Lamar County) 4.0 inches
Fayette (Fayette County) 4.0 inches
Samantha (Tuscaloosa County) 4.0 inches
Bear Creek (Marion County) 3.5 inches
Sumiton (Walker County) 3.5 inches
Jasper (Walker County) 3.2 inches
Coker (Tuscaloosa County) 2.8 inches
Hamilton (Marion Count) 2.8 inches
Townley (Walker County) 2.5 inches
Parrish (Walker County) 2.2 inches
Haleyville (Winston County) 2 inches
Bluff Park (Jefferson County) 2 inches
Center Point (Jefferson County) 2 inches
Birmingham (Jefferson County) 2 inches
Clay (Jefferson County) 2 inches

Snow was still falling at 11 p.m. Wednesday across most of north and central Alabama, so accumulations were expected to increase over the next few hours.

FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice said the storm was moving very quickly. He said snowfall should begin to end in west Alabama by midnight and come to an end in east Alabama before sunrise Thursday.  

The good news is that the storm was producing snow and not sleet or freezing rain.  Very few road problems were being reported Wednesday night.  However, road crews across Alabama were on standby to sand roads and bridges, if needed, as temperatures were expected to drop below freezing to the mid and upper 20s by sunrise.

Many school systems on Wednesday afternoon announced plans to delay the opening of their schools by two hours Thursday morning.  A complete list could be found at www.myfoxclosings.com.

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