NWS expands Winter Storm Warning.

Forecaster: James Spann

WINTER STORM WARNING EXPANDED: The NWS has expanded the Winter Storm Warning; it now includes the larger cities of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden through early tomorrow.

Winter Weather Advisories include much of the rest of Alabama, all the way down to the northern part of Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Southwest Alabama. Only the southeast part of the state is free of warnings and advisories.

Up to three inches of sleet, snow, and freezing rain is possible in the Winter Storm Warning area, with amounts to two inches elsewhere.

Here are some important points and notes…

*Precipitation will be light this morning, but icy spots on bridges are possible through 12 noon as temperatures fall below freezing and cold air advection continues.

*Travel conditions will deteriorate this afternoon and tonight and precipitation rates increase, and temperatures continue to fall. Initially ice will form on bridges, but all roads have potential to become icy, especially where heavier sleet/snow/freezing rain falls. We are in the business of forecasting the state of the atmosphere, and not road conditions; we learned in 2014 we certainly aren’t road engineers, but I would sure not encourage driving this afternoon and tonight.

*With temperatures reaching the teens early tomorrow, road conditions, mostly likely, won’t improve until tomorrow afternoon. Even then we will have a hard time getting part 32 degrees, but the sky will become mostly sunny during the day.

*Precipitation will be mostly sleet and rain initially across Central Alabama, changing to snow and sleet later today and tonight as cold air deepens.

*Mostly sleet and freezing rain will fall across South Alabama late tonight. All precipitation will end during the pre-dawn hours tomorrow.

*The weekend will be very cold, with lows in the teens tomorrow and Sunday. The high tomorrow will be in the low 30s, followed by upper 30s Sunday.

*The winter storm rolls east over the weekend, with lots of snow and ice from Atlanta to Richmond. Travelers beware.

*Operations at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport could be impacted this afternoon and tonight, and expect delays and perhaps cancellations at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport tomorrow.

NEXT WEEK: The cold air is flushed out, and we should be close 70 degrees by Thursday and Friday. This is a state where it doesn’t “get cold and stay cold”. Some rain is possible by Tuesday night and Wednesday.