MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - There are two chances of wintry weather in parts of the deep south, but will Central and South Alabama see snow?
Our coverage area will not see snow with the first system Thursday night or Friday.
As colder air filters into Tennessee and north Alabama Thursday night, the higher elevations will likely see a changeover to wet, heavy snow. A warm ground will limit accumulations, but a slushy inch or two is possible above 1500 feet elevation in Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb and Cherokee counties.
This system will be a more significant winter storm for the Smokies, Blue Ridge Mountains and North Georgia Mountains, where they will see three to eight inches of snow.
Then on Sunday night and Monday, another system will be moving in from the west. A surface low will track along the Gulf Coast, which is usually a favorable snow setup for us. However, in this instance, the upper trough lags back, and the high pressure is slightly out of position. The reason it rarely snows in central and south Alabama is that there are so many ingredients that need to come together perfectly.
A band of heavy, wet snow is expected to fall late Sunday across east Texas, Louisiana and central Mississippi. Some of that could extend into north and/or northwest Alabama. However, as the system moves east, the supply of cold air runs short. At this point, we believe the odds of us seeing snow Sunday night and Monday are low.
We’ll have more details and new information as the weekend approaches.