North Alabama Weather Blog
Weather Information and Forecasts for the North Alabama Area
Jan
14.
: Posted: 5:07 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

Heavy rain has fallen for much of the day across North Alabama. It has been a very cold rain as well with temperatures generally in the 30s this afternoon (except for low/mid 40s over NE Alabama).
 
Due to some of the colder temperatures over NW Alabama, there have been several reports of sleet and freezing rain in portions of Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, and Limestone counties. There have been reports of minor ice accumulations mainly on trees and elevated surfaces.
 
**Winter Weather Advisory until 9:00am Tuesday for: Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone Counties**
 
So far, there have been no reports of travel issues as the roads have remained just wet due to the warm ground temperatures and air temperatures still very borderline right around the freezing mark.
 
However, after sunset tonight there is definitely the potential for a few slick spots on roadways – especially bridges and overpasses. The highest potential for this will be over Northwest Alabama.
 
While major icing is not expected at this time, it does not take much ice to cause dangerous driving conditions. Avoid traveling tonight if it is not necessary over Northwest Alabama.
 
Temmperatures will generally remain steady overnight between 30-35. There will be continued potential for some freezing rain (again, mainly Northwest Alabama) into Tuesday morning – however temperatures will warm ABOVE freezing by mid-morning and this should end the threat for wintry precipitation. The heaviest precitipation should taper off by Tuesday night.
 
BOTTOM LINE: The highest potential for ice accumulation is over parts of Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Limestone, Lawrence Counties including cities such as Florence, Muscle Shoals, Athens, Russellville, Moulton, etc. Major icing not expected, but some ice will accumulate mainly on cars, decks, trees, other elevated surfaces. While many roads will just be wet, slick spots will likely develop on bridges and overpasses.


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