Saturday Snow Live Blog
Saturday Afternoon: The sun is peeking through the clouds and the precipitation is now gone. Only low chances for sprinkles or flurries remain for the rest of the weekend.
We’ve got a clean sweep the radar as of 12:27 pm, with clouds lingering. A few peeks of sunshine will be possible this afternoon, but clouds will stick around for the entire day. Temperatures are ranging from the upper 30s in northwest Alabama and adjacent Tennessee to low to mid 40s in northeast Alabama. Temperatures will rise a few more degrees this afternoon, but won’t rise above the 40s. We are done with any precipitation today, but more are possible overnight, more on the extended forecast on http://www.whnt.com/weather/!
One batch of mixed precipitation is exiting northeast Alabama, while another is beginning to lift northeast out of northeast Mississippi. Temperatures are slowly beginning to rise into the low to mid 30s. As temperatures continue to slowly rise and moisture slowly lifts northeast, expect any precipitation to gradually transition into mostly a cold rain as it tracks across the southern half of the Tennessee Valley within the next couple of hours.
This is what it looked like in South Huntsville around 3:00 am this morning. Light snow was falling with light accumulations. Thanks to Chris Fellows for sending this in! Let us know what’s happening outside your door by sending us your weather pics to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by tweeting them using the hashtag #valleywx!
Moisture continues to track east across the Tennessee Valley and is just beginning to move into northeast Alabama. The majority of it as been in the form of snow and sleet, but we just got a report of a mix of freezing rain and sleet in Toney around 8:30. Temperatures are slightly warmer farther east, so we likely continue to see a wintry mix or even a gradual transition to a cold rain as this precipitation exits extreme northeast Alabama and moves into northwest Georgia. A few more snow flurries & sleet may be possible this morning once this batch moves through, but we expect the precipitation to gradually taper off and for most to be dry by early afternoon.
Just got a report of light, fluffy snow coming down in Fayetteville.
Radar is picking up on likely scattered flurries, along with some brief light bursts of snow, possibly mixed with some sleet. More moisture is still to our west in western Tennessee and Mississippi, so scattered flurries/light snow showers will remain a possibility this morning, tapering off early this afternoon. Only a light dusting at best possible on elevated surfaces.
Only minor snow/sleet accumulations mainly on cars, rooftops and grassy areas have been reported this morning with quickly passing snow showers, that have been mixed with a little sleet at times. Due to slightly warmer temperatures above freezing in northeast Alabama, some of the precipitation has transitioned to a cold rain. The bulk of the moisture has shifted east, but a few more quick bursts of snow/sleet/rain will be possible over the next few hours, with only extremely minor accumulations expected, if any at all. Any accumulations will quickly melt through the morning.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Walker and Winston Counties.
The first reports of light snow came in around 10:45 PM from Red Bay and Florence in Northwest Alabama. Expect a gradual increase in snow from midnight through 3 AM. Best shot at accumulating snow is in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, northwestern Limestone Counties in Alabama as well as Wayne, Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln, Moore, and counties north of there in Tennessee.
Snow has been impressive in Arkansas this evening, but we still think it begins to taper off as it moves across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee early Saturday morning. This was Conway, Arkansas earlier: