LIVE BLOG: Snow Blankets Most of North Alabama
This is our live blog where we will be posting frequent updates throughout the night/Tuesday morning on the snow/sleet/freezing rain. Roads are icy and dangerous in many parts. We’ll continue to update you as new information comes in. If you have weather pictures, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can Tweet snow pictures and weather conditions in your neighborhood using the hashtag #valleywx. A complete list of school closings/delays can be found here. If you need forecast information beyond tonight, go to the WHNT Forecast Page.
Winter Storm Warning has been changed to start at 3 AM as precipitation moves in earlier in the morning.
Icy roads are loosening up a little now; if you have to get out this afternoon, check conditions around you before you leave. Travel will be okay in Huntsville, Decatur, Athens and The Shoals through the afternoon and evening, but secondary roads where more than 2-3″ of snow fell will still be difficult to navigate if not impassable through tonight in northeastern Alabama. The next round of snow will be heavy on Wednesday and Wednesday evening.
The latest update on that is found at http://valleywx.com/2014/02/11/the-rest-of-today-and-wednesday/
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 947 AM CST TUE FEB 11 2014 ...LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY FOR DEKALB COUNTY... THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE DEKALB COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IN FORT PAYNE AL. ROAD REPORTS FROM THROUGHOUT DEKALB COUNTY INDICATE THAT ALL ROADS ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO IMPASSABLE DUE TO ONGOING SNOWFALL. ANY TRAVEL SHOULD BE LIMITED TO EMERGENCY TRAVEL ONLY! ROAD CREWS ARE TRYING TO TREAT AREAS THAT HAVE BECOME ICE COVERED. HOWEVER...WITH THE CONTINUED SNOWFALL...CONDITIONS ARE DANGEROUS FOR ROAD CREWS AS WELL.
Snow continues to move east, with still a heavy band stretching across parts of Marshall, DeKalb and extreme southern Jackson counties. Snow will continue to gradually taper of this morning…with many dry by this afternoon. Roads have improved some and will likely slowly improve through the afternoon as temperatures rise a few degrees, along with some filtered sunshine. Despite that, slick spots will remain and secondary roads especially could still be impassable in some areas. Travel with extreme caution and if you don’t have to travel, it’s likely best to stay off of the roads as much as possible.
Talk about a winter wonderland with a snow covered barn! Check out this beautiful shot from Pam and Tim Lang in Geraldine (New Harmony Community).
View of Rainsville this morning from our Jack’s camera as snow continues
to fall. Roads remain extremely dangerous, especially south of
the Tennessee River where the heaviest snow has fallen. Travel this
morning is discouraged as many roads are closed/impassable. The latest
road conditions: http://on.whnt.com/1js39nW
Snow continues over Northeast Alabama. This system has produced far beyond the snow we expected in the heavy stripe and just north of it. Some areas will have as much as 7″ in Marshall and DeKalb Counties by the time the circled area moves out.
Beautiful shot of snow in Rainsville from Julie Crow…moderate to heavy snow continues to fall east of I-65, especially in northeast Alabama and south of the Tennessee River.
Snow totals have been impressive this morning, snow continues to fall, but is gradually tapering off. Here are some of the snow totals so far that have been reported to the National Weather Service in Huntsville:
Madison – 1”
Hollytree – 1”
Hartselle – 2”
Hampton Cove – 2”
Saint Florian – 2.3”
Fort Payne – 3.5”
Arab – 4”
Douglas – 4.5”
Boaz – 4.5”
Guntersville – 5”
Grant – 5”
That snow total post was from Ben not Jason. Sorry about that.
Unofficial snow totals: Guntersville: 5″, Rainsville: 4.5″, Arab: 4″, Henagar: 4″, Huntsville: 1″.
Sherry Baldy Barnes took this shot out her back door in Phil Campbell AL. A BIG thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures! Keep sending them! Send pictures to email@example.com or tweet them using the hashtag #valleywx!
WHNT’s Johnny Fernandez tweeted this picture of a light dusting in Florence early this morning!
Snow is gradually clear from west to east…expect snow to gradually taper off within the next few hours for just about everyone. Many will likely be dry by late morning & early afternoon and stay dry before round #2 of snow/wintry precipitation moves in. Precipitation tonight/Wednesday may start as a wintry mix gradually transitioning to snow. Another 1-3″ may be possible, with higher amounts east of I-65, especially in northeast Alabama where totals could be 4-5″ or greater.
6:35am in Guntersville.
Here is the view from our Jack’s camera in downtown Florence this morning, with a solid dusting of snow. WHNT’s Beth Jett has been out traveling in Florence and Muscle Shoals and she is reporting some ice on the roads there, but many are okay due to pretreatment yesterday. With that said, still drive with extreme caution. Elsewhere, roads are extremely hazardous or closed, travel this morning is discouraged unless absolutely necessary.
About 2 & 1/2″ in Columbus City, AL in Marshall County! Photo from Ross Beasley.
Still snowing hard in many areas….with temperatures mostly in the mid to upper 20s and 30s farther east and south. Snow will gradually taper off this morning/early afternoon, but round two begins this evening/Tuesday night with accumulations between 2-5″, with up to 6″ or more in the northeast Alabama.
Many schools are now closing due to the hazardous road conditions…you can find a complete list of closing and delays here: http://whnt.com/2014/02/10/school-closings-delays-cancellations-due-to-winter-weather/. For constant updates on road conditions click here: http://whnt.com/2014/02/11/beware-of-slick-roads-across-the-tennessee-valley/
Misty Dukes sent in this shot of a solid blanket of snow in Fyffe, Alabama. Again, many roads are impassable/closed…don’t travel if you don’t have to!
National Weather Service has now upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for the second round of snow/wintry precipitation expected Wednesday morning, into Thursday morning.. Another 2-3″ of snow is possible in northwest Alabama, 3-5″ along the I-65 corridor and up to 6″+ in northeast Alabama/adjacent Tennessee.
Accumulations are ranging between 1-2″, with locally higher amounts expected as snow continues to fall. Gary Parker tweeted this photo from Fort Payne this morning! What does it look like outside your door? Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet them using the hashtag #valleywx!
Westbound I-565 is completely shut down from the Parkway to County Line Road and eastbound I-565 from the Parkway to Chapman Mountain.
We have a list of the major road closings and conditions (main highways) at http://whnt.com/2014/02/11/beware-of-slick-roads-across-the-tennessee-valley/
Huntsville Police: All elevated portions of Interstate 565 and Memorial Pkwy have been shut down due to hazardous road conditions.
3:10am at WHNT News 19.
Light to moderate snow continues in the Tennessee Valley this morning. Higher totals are in the forecast south of the Tennessee River especially in the higher elevations of Morgan County over to Marshall and DeKalb Counties. Road are getting slick this morning. Be careful on your way to work!
Snow in Russellville from Hollie Hodge Rea as of 2:30 AM. *Travel is not advised on any roads in North Alabama through 9 AM.* Not all roads will be icy or impassable, but many are already dangerous. The best course of action is to stay put until the snow ends and roads have a chance to recover a little.
Micyl Sweeney About a half inch in Capshaw and still snowing heavy. Old Railroad Bed Road is getting hard to drive on between Capshaw Rd and Hwy 72. The hill at Knox Creek on Old Railroad Bed Rd is really slick. Be careful going up that hill towards 72 and also going down the hill.
Greg Rhodes county road 8 is coverd and higway 17 is coverd and we have inch of snow and its still comeing down how much more could we get (Lauderdale County)
Limestone Co. EMA reports “Roads are becoming slick this morning. DO NOT drive unless absolutely necessary.”
Snow in the Seven Points area of Florence from Kaylea Hunt Stutts on Facebook. Again, travel is not recommended in The Shoals, Limestone County, or areas near US 278 in North Central Alabama. Two distinct bands of snow are making for spotty coverage: a dusting to 1″ in the northern areas and around 2 to possibly 3 inches nearer US 278.
Travel is not advised in The Shoals now; all Florence streets look to be covered with snow as of 1:53 AM.
Snow accumulating in Colbert Heights south of Tuscumbia from Memphis TCB on Facebook. Roads are hazardous now in Lauderdale, Colbert, Limestone and parts of Madison Counties. It’s even more slick near US 278 in Marion, Winston, Cullman and Blount Counties. Travel is not advised through the early morning.
1 AM temperatures are below freezing for almost all of the Valley; roads become more hazardous over the next two hours in The Shoals, Cullman, Blount, Marshall, and southern Morgan Counties. Some streets and secondary roads around Limestone and Madison Counties may be slick as well.
There are a few reports of icy roads in Cullman and Blount Counties. Bridges on Alabama Highway 157 in Cullman County are iced over; US 278 near Snead in Blount County is icy.
Snow increasing in Lauderdale, Limestone, and Madison Counties; some areas may see as much as one inch of snow. Others will get next to nothing.
Radar trends and ground reports show that band of snow moving east from The Shoals is capable of dusting the ground all the way up to US 64 in Southern Tennessee. The main band of 1-2″ doesn’t move, but there may be a fraction of an inch in isolated spots in the gray zones in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. Temperatures are in the upper 20s and lower 30s, so some road icing may occur soon under heavier snow showers.
Band of light snow in North Miss. moving east; snowing in Limestone, Lauderdale, and Colbert Counties as of 11:37 PM. Snow gets into Madison County around midnight. Little/no significant accumulation expected; however, it won’t take much to cause some slick spots on roads.
Snow is falling in Florence now; light snow continues to move across Mississippi into Northwest Alabama. The latest HRRR model product still shows the best chance of substantial accumulation south of the Tennessee River. Spotty accumulations to a fraction of an inch (dusting) are still possible in far northern Alabama.
Dual-pol radar shows the difference between snow (solid colors) and the snow/sleet mix (red/yellow colors) over North Alabama. There is some slightly warmer air aloft just south of Hartselle and Guntersville; that’ll keep it mixed until the main round of precipitation helps dynamically cool the atmosphere through early morning.
New model data in on that Wednesday storm – it’s looking MUCH more significant than this one for North Alabama and Tennessee. This is the new GFS output for snow accumulations Wednesday through 6 AM Thursday. Some 3-6″ totals are possible on WEDNESDAY; tonight we’ll be lucky to see anyone get more than two inches of snow.
Small sleet accumulation in Hanceville on a deck after the first round of mixture in Cullman County. Photo sent to us at email@example.com – make sure you include a name so we know how to give you appropriate credit!
Latest HRRR model guidance shows that stripe of around 1-2″ still in the same general area as the going forecast. We see no reason to change the ideas as of now. The best chance of accumulation will be in Marion, Winston, Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall, southern Morgan, southern Lawrence (AL), and southern Franklin (AL) Counties. Little if any accumulation is expected in Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, or The Shoals.
Another batch of moderate sleet and snow moving east through Winston and Cullman Counties; no accumulations have been reported yet. This will hang around US 278 all the way to Etowah and Cherokee Counties through 10 PM. If the precipitation is heavy enough, slush may develop on some bridges in Cullman, Winston, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee, southern Marshall and far southern DeKalb Counties.
Traveling west into Mississippi? MDOT has a road condition line 1-866-521-6368. Some roads are already reported as icy in the “Delta” area (that’s west of Interstate 55 in northwestern Mississippi).
Big snowflakes reported in Cullman with this batch of precip. This isn’t the main event; that comes later this evening. This will move toward Marshall, Blount and Etowah Counties through 9 PM.
We’ve been watching a mix of frozen precipitation continuing to develop to our west in north/central Mississippi and southeast Arkansas. Some of this has begun to enter Alabama and is currently right around US 278, including Haleyville and Cullman, which are likely seeing some light snow/flurries. There have been numerous reports of a wintry mix/sleet in north Mississippi, but have yet to get any reports of significant accumulation.
6 PM general idea of tonight’s winter weather episode: not much for Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, The Shoals or Scottsboro. The blue-shaded area will likely shift a little or get narrower as we watch the radar at get a feel for where the band of heavier snow ends up. Travel conditions this evening are fine; this all begins after 10 PM for Alabama. Areas that get heavier accumulations of snow will obviously have more hazardous travel as temperatures drop into the 20s by morning.