First Alert Update: Snow looking more likely throughout Friday
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for several east Alabama counties and expanded a winter weather advisory to include more counties in central Alabama.
The following east counties are under a winter storm warning from 6 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday:
Areas under a winter storm warning could see more than two inches of snow, more than a half inch of sleet/ice pellets or a combination.
Cullman County is included in a winter weather advisory from 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 until 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.
The following counties are under a winter weather advisory for snow from 6 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday:
- St. Clair
Counties under the winter weather advisory could see between one-fourth of an inch to two inches of snow, less than a half-inch of sleet/ice pellets, freezing rain/drizzle or a combination.
The NWS says to be prepared for snow covered roads and travel difficulties with limited visibility at times.
The forecast is now showing that all types of winter weather are possible on Friday and Friday night.
Some schools are closing on Friday in anticipation of the winter weather.
It is very likely we will see some travel impacts, especially during the afternoon/evening.
First of all, areas south of I-20 could see some rain and sleet beginning early during the morning. We will watch this area for travel issues, but this is not the primary concern at this point.
We could also see a band of light snowfall develop along the Highway 278 corridor. Highs on Friday will reach mid 30s.
The main event seems to develop after lunch and through the evening hours with the chance for rain, sleet, snow, and even some freezing rain. The "sweet spot" for snowfall development will likely come after 4 p.m. mainly with areas south and east of I-65.
Parts of Talladega and Clay counties could see over 3+ inches of snowfall.
On average, snowfall amounts will range from 1-2 inches. We do expect some travel impacts as Arctic air continues to move into the area. Temperatures Friday night will fall into the mid 20s.
By Saturday and Sunday, expect mostly sunny skies with temperatures above freezing. Highs both days will reach the mid to upper 30s.
Governor Robert Bentley has issued a State of Emergency beginning at 7 a.m. Friday for the entire state of Alabama in anticipation of winter weather from Friday into Saturday.
Stay close to weather information over the next few days. The WBRC First Alert Weather app is a great way to get this information.
Also - make sure you check the weather late night and early tomorrow morning before you leave your home. Winter weather has a way of quickly changing and we'll be sure to pass along these changes immediately.
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