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Round 2 of the winter weather across Alabama is underway as precipitation transitions to snow across the state. Much of north-central Alabama could have a coating of snow by 9 p.m. Wednesday night.
The heaviest snow is occurring across Walker, Lamar, Marion, Winston and Cullman counties. A wintry mix is also changing over to snow in east Alabama as far south as Attalla.
In the far eastern part of the area, Cleburne and Randolph Counties, an ice storm warning remains in place. The counties underneath the winter storm warning have not changed.
The ice accumulations due to freezing rain will continue throughout the evening in far eastern counties. Radar is already depicting a transition to a wintry mix for many counties north of I-20 and east of I-65.
At this time the most southern extent of the winter precipitation is in Tuscaloosa where some sleet was beginning to mix in. The snow will continue to increase in coverage throughout the evening as the precipitation shifts east.
Snow will first accumulate on grassy areas but as snow increases in intensity it will collect on roads surfaces.
Travel is not advised in these areas as temperatures are already at freezing. Road conditions will continue to deteriorate, especially north and east of Birmingham, as the transition to snow takes place across our area.
The basic message tonight is avoid travel if possible. Some counties are already requesting that all non-essential travel be avoided.
All roads in Winston County are closed due to the snow, according to Sheriff Rick Harris.
Just before 7 p.m., Jasper's police chief Connie Rowe said roads in Jasper had "deteriorated rapidly within the last hour." Officers are reported a half inch to one inch on the roadways.
Jasper police are especially concerned with the 9th Avenue Bridge, the 18th Street Overpass and any secondary roadways. Only emergency travel is advised.
All roads are also closed in the city of Midfield due to snow and ice.
The good news is that sunshine will return on Thursday with highs in the 40s.
Stay with Fox6 for continuing coverage of the winter storm. We are now LIVE on air with updates. You can watch online at www.FoxAlabamaLive.com and on mobile devices through the WBRC News and Weather apps.