The FOX6 StormWarn team says the wintry weather arriving Wednesday could have a high impact on our area. Join us during the news at 9 for the latest forecast.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for the following counties: Marion, Winston, Walker, Blount, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Jefferson, St. Clair and now Shelby, Talladega, Clay, and Randolph.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for the following counties: Lamar, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Chambers.
It's possible we could see some freezing rain and sleet again tonight near the Highway 278 corridor. However, for most of us we will just experience a cold rain with temperatures in the mid 30s. The rain will continue through much of Wednesday morning with temperatures hovering just above freezing.
The best chance for rain to change to sleet/freezing rain will occur during the late morning and early afternoon for areas east of I-65. This timeframe will be brief with the precipitation changing to mainly snow after 3 p.m. and spreading westward as cold air invades from the east. The wedge from the east will result in widespread snowfall east of I-65. We could see snowfall areawide during the afternoon and evening.
Snowfall could be heavy. The heaviest accumulations will occur in Etowah, Blount, Cherokee, St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties. I would expect upwards of three to four inches of snowfall in higher elevations of Calhoun and Etowah Counties. Since roads are already fairly cold, travel problems are likely.
We will see the snowfall begin to wind down after midnight Wednesdsay with temperatures around freezing. It's possible we could continue to see some additional slick spots through Thursday morning.
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