Freezing rain, sleet and snow falling in parts of Alaba…
Light freezing rain, sleet and snow have been falling in parts of north Alabama on Friday — and there are eports of ice pellets in south Alabama as well.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for several north Alabama counties and will last until 9 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service has gotten reports of light snow and slushy roads across some areas as of 4:30 p.m. Friday, and roadways could be hazardous for travelers.
The weather service in Mobile has even been hearing about sleet in south Alabama:
415PM Getting some sporadic reports of light snow or ice pellets across Clarke county. An oddity for sure but won’t impact travel. Early next week is looking very interesting, however
— NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) January 12, 2018
The counties under the winter weather advisory are Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Jackson.
The weather service in Huntsville said a light glaze of ice and up to a half inch of snow will be possible through this evening. The weather service has gotten unconfirmed reports of up to a half-inch of snow in some areas.
Not everyone will see frozen precipitation. Those north of the Tennessee River will have the best chance, according to forecasters.
A wintry mix will also be possible in the north part of central Alabama, according to the weather service, but forecasters said that a significant impact doesn’t seem likely. Only a few flurries have been spotted in central Alabama as of Friday afternoon.
The wintry precipitation could end as light snow late tonight into Saturday morning.
What does fall may not go anywhere anytime soon, according to the weather service.
Temperatures will drop into the 20s tonight and may not budge much during the day on Saturday, with highs in north Alabama only rising into the low 30s.
So forecasters cautioned that any travel problems that develop today may linger into Saturday.
The rest of the state won’t be spared from the cold air, either.
Temperatures will fall back into the 20s to low 30s statewide overnight, and high temperatures on Saturday will range from the upper 20s and 30s in north Alabama to the mid-40s in south Alabama.
And it will be cold through the weekend. A hard freeze watch has been issued for Saturday night through Sunday morning for several counties in southwest Alabama, according to the weather service in Mobile.
The counties under the watch are Choctaw, Washington, Clarke, Wilcox, Monroe and inland Mobile.
Temperatures will fall to around 20 degrees for inland areas of southwest Alabama Saturday night and Sunday morning, the weather service said.
This may not be the last brush with winter precipitation for Alabama this week. After a brief “warmup” on Monday another surge of cold air is expected to reach Alabama.
There’s a possibility that that system will have at least some moisture with it, which could bring the chance of snow to more of the state.
Forecasters said that models were trending toward snow for what could be a large part of Alabama on Tuesday but forecast confidence was still on the low side. Still, it will be something to monitor over the next few days.
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