(WAFF) - First Alert Weather Day for chance of snow
A Winter Weather Advisory is currently in effect until Saturday morning. Latest forecast trends are a little faster (about 1-2 hours) with the changeover to snow. Also, forecast temperatures are colder by about 3-4 degrees this run, too. This will increase the chance of hazardous driving conditions developing about an hour after the snow moves in.
The snow will likely be heavy right after the changeover from rain. Accumulation will begin first on the grass and rooftops and will create slick roads, with bridges and overpasses being the first to freeze. By 8 p.m. many roads could be icy. Snowfall totals will likely run between 1-3" with the heaviest totals expected in the Shoals and up into Tennessee. Travel will become even more hazardous if you are traveling Highway 72 towards Memphis or I-65 to Nashville.
Expect rain for the morning commute. Rain will begin to change to snow from west to east beginning around 10 a.m. in far northwest Alabama. The Shoals can expect to have snow between 11 a.m. and noon. Between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., the rain will change to snow from Decatur to Athens to Hartselle and into the Huntsville Metro by 3 p.m.
Delays & closings
Several schools from across the Tennessee Valley are delayed or closed today due to the threat of winter weather. For the full list of those delays and closures, click this link.
First Alert Road Report
Roads are looking clear right now but that's likely to change as the threat of wintry weather moves in. Be sure to stay traffic aware by downloading the WAZE app, which provides real-time traffic updates. For a current list of road closures throughout the Valley, click here.