Snowfall through the Rest of the Day
A band of very heavy, wet snow extends from near Demopolis in southwestern Alabama through the Birmingham-Tuscaloosa area all the way northeast to Huntsville. This band is shifting east very slowly, and it is dumping about 1-3″ of snow as it comes east. We still expect some intensification in the heaviest band through 4 PM that could put down as much as 6 inches of snow in the high elevations above 1200′ in Northeast Alabama. Here’s the time-table for the heaviest snow (the last number is the approximate end of the snowfall):
The slow movement should give much of the area east of Interstate 65 a shot at a solid 2-4″ of snow on the grass with some ice and slush on highways. In Huntsville & Decatur especially, travel is not advised until the heaviest snow passes and roads begin thawing by mid-afternoon. That becomes a much bigger problem on Sand, Lookout, Brindlee, Cumberland, Keel, and all of the highest spots in Northeast Alabama through 5 PM.
As the heavy snow ends, road conditions will improve on the major highways; however, some of the secondary roads that have less traffic (especially bridges) may continue to be icy through the remainder of the afternoon.
Tomorrow morning, anything that does not dry up or run off will freeze hard as temperatures dip into the 20s.