Winter Weather Advisory Tonight/Tomorrow
10:25 PM Update: If you’re wondering why some counties south of the Tennessee Valley are “in” while you are “out” of the advisory, it’s because there is different criteria for a Winter Weather Advisory for each NWS office. The Huntsville NWS office issues a Winter Weather Advisory for at least one inch of snow; Birmingham issues it for a quarter-inch of snow. -Jason
In anticipation of some minor accumulations of snow and near or sub-freezing temperatures the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson, DeKalb, and Franklin (TN) Counties from 9PM tonight through 12PM Saturday. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has also posted a Winter Weather Advisory for several counties in Central Alabama.
Even though major accumulations of snow are not expected., a few slick spots may develop late tonight/early tomorrow morning, especially on the bridges and overpasses in the higher terrain of Northeast Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee, where the temperatures will be cooler.
The full text from the National Weather Service can be found below. Even though we are not expecting a major winter storm tonight, we will be on top of any potentially hazardous travel conditions that may develop, keeping you updated on-air and online: WHNT.com, Facebook, Twitter, and here at ValleyWX.com. You can also stay tuned on your smart phone through our suite of free apps: http://whnt.com/whnt-news-19-apps/
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST SATURDAY. * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...HIGHER TERRAIN LOCATIONS OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...PARTICULARLY ALONG THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU...IN ADDITION TO SAND MOUNTAIN AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN. THIS INCLUDES FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE AND JACKSON AND DEKALB COUNTIES IN ALABAMA. * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOWFALL TOTALS OF AROUND ONE INCH ARE EXPECTED IN HIGHER TERRAIN LOCATIONS. LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THESE COUNTIES WILL SEE TOTALS AROUND ONE HALF INCH OR LESS. * IMPACTS...DUE TO SNOWFALL OCCURRING OVERNIGHT AND TEMPERATURES NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING...ROADWAYS MAY BECOME SLICK DURING THIS PERIOD. BRIDGES...OVERPASSES...AND LIGHTLY TRAVELED ROADWAYS WILL BE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO ACCUMULATING SNOW. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.