Winter storm: What to expect overnight into Thursday - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Winter storm: What to expect overnight into Thursday

A look at the overnight lows for the FOX6 viewing area. Source: WBRC A look at the overnight lows for the FOX6 viewing area. Source: WBRC

The FOX6 StormWarn team has been tracking this winter storm and has some updates to help you know what to expect the rest of the week.

Overnight Wednesday, we'll see decreasing clouds and temperatures decreasing quickly with new slick spots developing from snow melt freezing. Be careful where you walk and do the shuffle to test out whether or not there are icy spots in your path. Dress for temperatures falling from the 20s to the lower teens by Thursday morning.

ALDOT says one lane of I-65 South and North from downtown to I-459 is open with vehicles traveling 30-35mph. They say conditions will be "dicey" until midmorning Thursday.

ALDOT is encouraging drivers to delay trying to get to abandoned cars until after lunchtime and asking workers to delay their morning commute by one to two hours.

They are planning to sand major roads all night to prevent re-freezing then begin an "aggressive" push from 3:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. to prepare for any morning rush hour traffic.

State troopers say they and the National Guard will be out patrolling areas of abandoned cars on major roads overnight to prevent theft and vandalism. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency says drivers whose vehicles remain stranded will be given an opportunity to retrieve them when the roads are safe.

For our Thursday morning commute, we can expect temperatures in the lower teens, light winds, sunshine and slick spots. Watch out for sunlight reflecting off the snow and disrupting your visibility. Sunglasses will be helpful if you need to travel though authorities still advise against it unless you absolutely must.

By noon Thursday, temperatures will finally reach the freezing mark and the thaw begins. Temperatures will continue to climb into the lower 40s to finish off the afternoon.

The warming trend continues Friday and into the weekend. Expect highs in the 50s Friday and lower 60s Saturday and Sunday. We could see some rain Sunday and the team is also keeping an eye on another cold snap next week.

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