Snow, ice possible for Sunday

Published 2:59 pm Friday, January 7, 2011

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring the potential for snow and freezing rain this weekend. With the threat for severe weather, residents need to ensure they have their family emergency kits stocked, stay aware of changing road conditions and informed of their local forecast.

For the broad area south of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden), and north of U.S. 80 (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika), there will be a wintry mix, heavy at times, with potential for some significant ice accumulation in that zone. Perhaps enough for some power outages due to ice build-up on trees and power lines. We are projecting snow amounts of 2-4 inches, with ice involved as well.

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According to the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service, some Alabama counties have the potential for snow accumulation with other counties experiencing a dusting and the potential of ice. The wintry precipitation could start as early as Sunday and last through Monday night.

“It is really important for Alabama residents to take this threat of severe weather serious, freezing weather over an extended period of time has the potential to cause power outages and an interruption in communication services,” said Alabama EMA Director Brock Long.