WEATHER BLOG: Snow possible Thursday

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Snow remains a good possibility for areas of central and northern Alabama tomorrow.

The precipitation will likely begin as rain in the morning. By 10 to 11a.m. the atmosphere cools sufficiently for rain to mix with or change over to snow.  In any given area, the window for snow will only last about two to three hours. The threat for our area looks to end by 5pm.

Travel problems while the snow falls are not expected. The ground remains very wet and relatively warm and with temperatures staying above freezing through the day roads will stay just wet. Black ice could be a problem later Thursday night as any moisture remaining on the roads freezes as temperatures drop into the 20s by Friday morning.

Accumulations will stay confined to the grass. Right now, accumulation appears least likely for the Shoals and NW Alabama, and most likely across NE Alabama, particularly in the higher terrain areas....1-2" at most with perhaps some isolated 3" amounts.

All snow events in the south are tough to forecast, but this type of set-up is particularly challenging and has in the past brought unexpected heavy snow.  The intensity of the upper low and path it takes will determine exactly where and how much snow falls and quite often the precise impact won't be known until the snow event is underway.  Bottom line, keep checking back for updates!

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