Central AL Forecast: Another wintry mix possible today and tonight for parts of central Alabama

Forecast

…Winter Storm Warning from 1 PM until 9 AM Thursday for Marion, Lamar and Winston…
…Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM until 3 AM Thursday for Fayette, Walker and Pickens…

Our next weather system, a trough and cold front, moves into central Alabama this afternoon. We will become cloudy with scattered showers moving in later this afternoon and evening. It will remain liquid precipitation for the Birmingham Metro area. It will stay chilly with high temperatures in the mid 40s.

Areas in NW Alabama could see a mix of freezing rain/sleet/snow starting around 3 PM this afternoon. The wintry mix and snow will continue through the evening. Marion, Lamar and Winston counties could see 0.10″ of ice accumulation, and 1-3 inches of snow. Some models are now hinting a higher snow totals for Hamilton of 3″+. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for these counties. It will stay cold with high temperatures in the lower 30s.

Fayette, Walker and Pickens counties could see a light glaze of ice accumulation, and snow/sleet accumulations of up to 1 inch possible. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for these counties. It will stay cold with high temperatures in the upper 30s.

This is the forecast for snow/sleet totals and rain totals across central Alabama:

The rain will continue tonight with a few thunderstorms from Birmingham southward. Some downpours and small hail can be expected. It is possible some sleet or snow flakes could mix in with the rain tonight across Metro Birmingham. However, I am not expecting any accumulation since we will have temperatures in the upper 30s. Lows will be in the lower 30s north to lower 40s south.

The rain will end Thursday morning. We could see some snow flurries or sleet into the afternoon as the system moves to the east of central Alabama. Additional accumulation of a dusting is possible, including around Birmingham. Watch out for some slick spots on roadways especially across Marion, Lamar, Winston, Walker, Fayette and Cullman counties. High temperatures will be in the mid 40s, but could stay in the 30s north and west of Birmingham. Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with a few lingering flurries north. Lows will be down to the mid 20s. Some icy spots will be possible on bridges and overpasses if they stay wet. Bundle up!

We dry out on Friday in the wake of the cold front and it will turn colder with a partly cloudy sky. High temperatures will only be in the lower 40s.

Weekend Outlook: Saturday and Sunday will be dry and slowly warming up as an area of high pressure builds over Alabama. Saturday will be sunny with high temperatures in the lower 50s. Sunday will be sunny with high temperatures around 60°.

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