The Fox6 Stormwarn team says Central Alabama can expect some winter weather in the coming days.
A wintry mix of sleet and rain should be inbound on Monday and should hit Western Alabama around 10 a.m. It will move through Birmingham around noon and be in the eastern part of the state around 4 p.m. No accumulation is expected. By nightfall, it will consist of mostly rain and possibly overnight thunderstorms.
Sleet has been reported in Hackleburg, Haleyville and Carbon Hill. Rain in Marion County is creating wet roadways on Highway 78/I-22 in Hamilton.
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Monday afternoon/evening: Rain (some heavy at times tonight). Sleet mixes with rain with even some snow flurries at the onset of precipiation. High temperatures will reach the lower to mid 40s today. Expect overnight lows to remain well-above freezing tonight. Lows will range from 38-43 degrees.
Tuesday: There is a 100 percent rain chance in the forecast tomorrow with highs only in the mid 40s. Rain will be heavy at times. It's possible we could even have a few thunderstorms. While no severe weather is expected, you could hear the rumble of thunder at times.
Tuesday night/Wednesday morning: We must watch carefully. As the system exits, a secondary cold front (very strong one) will move in. There will likely be enough moisture to left to interact with the cold air that's rushing in. This is where our rain to snow changeover will take place. One of the critical temperatures we examine is the 850mb (or at 5,000 ft level). The 850mb freezing level will be well south of us by Wednesday morning. This means any precipitation that does fall will be snow.
How much? I don't think we'll see a lot. But, we all know even a small amount gets plenty of attention in these parts. Based on my experience, the model data, and how this system is evolving I would say it's possible to see some accumulation on the grassy areas and even on rooftops. Higher elevations of East Alabama would be more prone to seeing some snowfall that the rest of the state.
Another big concern is slick roads. Think about it - all this cold air is coming at the end of a heavy rain event. There still could be some puddles left from Tuesday's heavy rain. Temperatures Wednesday morning will be hovering around freezing. Highs will not be much warmer. For folks doing some Thanksgiving travel, please be aware of possible slick spots on Wednesday. This is especially true in higher elevations and along bridges and overpasses.
Thanksgiving Forecast: Thanksgiving still looks sunny with highs in the 40s. The temperatures will gradually warm a bit Friday and over the weekend.
Iron Bowl: A light jack might be needed, but overall it will be comfortable. Expect kickoff temperatures around 58 with partly sunny skies.
Stay close to weather information over the next several days as this systems evolves. We'll keep you update online and on Fox 6 News.