We've had a few reports of sleet Thursday afternoon, but it has been mainly rain so far in the forecast. Most of the rain has remained south of I-20 with temperatures in the 40s.
Rain will change to snow late Thursday night and through Friday morning. Expect snow to develop after 3 a.m. and continue through Friday morning. It would be wise to delay travel a few hours if you live south of I-59 southward. Snow accumulations will generally be light and range from 1/4" through 1". Higher elevations in east Alabama could see over 2" of snowfall. We could see a flew slick spots develop - especially in higher terrain and elevated roadways.
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High resolution models suggest some of the higher snowfall amounts could fall in Chilton, Shelby, Talladega, Coosa, Clay, and Tallapoosa counties. Expect light rain mix with snow through much of Friday. Fortunately, ground temperatures will remain above freezing meaning much of the snow will melt on contact. However, if we see some heavy snow showers develop, we could see some accumulation.
The snow should gradually end and most of the moisture shift farther south during the afternoon. Temperatures through the day will hover around 35 degrees. One of the potential problems Friday night will be the possibility of icy patches as temperatures fall into the mid 20s.
Expect the coldest air of the season Saturday and Sunday with morning lows in the mid to upper 20s.
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