Ice Melting – Roads Improving
The fast moving clipper system that has brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the Tennessee Valley continues to track east, with the bulk of the precipitation to the east of the region. Temperatures continue to gradually warm above freezing, with some pockets of sunshine. Muscle Shoals has now warmed to 41 degrees, with drastically improved road conditions, with still some icy spots east of I-65 as temperatures are near, or still below freezing. Below is the 11:00 am radar and temperature map.
Any ice on roads, bridges, or overpasses will continue to melt as temperatures warm into the mid to upper 30s and low 40s. Road conditions will be significantly improved by lunchtime for most of the Tennessee Valley, with Northeast Alabama and adjacent southern middle Tennessee (especially the higher elevations) still likely with a few slick spots. Most of the precipitation has transitioned into a cold rain, with patchy showers still possible this afternoon and evening as another upper disturbance passes overhead. Only light rain is expected. Below is the regional satellite and radar showing showers lingering west into North Mississippi and more showers traversing the Mid-Mississippi River Valley heading southeast with the second disturbance.
In case you missed it, there was a stunning sunrise across the Tennessee Valley this morning as the sun’s rays were refracted by the icy precipitation. Check the shot from our Saturn V Rocket Camera below.
Tonight in the higher elevations of the Cumberland Plateau a few flurries may be possible. The sky will gradually clear overnight, with a mostly sunny sky expected Sunday, with highs near 50 degrees. The warming trend continues Monday, with highs in the low to mid 50s, before patchy showers are possible after sunset Monday, into Tuesday.
– Jennifer Watson
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