Winter storm could arrive by 8 a.m. Sunday

Published 4:36 pm Saturday, January 8, 2011

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Marengo County could be among the first in the state hit by winter storm weather Sunday.

A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain could begin to fall over Southwest Alabama as early as 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Surface temperatures through mid-afternoon will prevent accumulation and freezing. The brunt and most dangerous part of the storm is expected to arrive around 8 p.m. Sunday and last until 8 a.m. Monday.

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The NWS says during this 12 hour span, surface and air temperatures will be low enough to facilitate freezing on many roads and bridges. Travel is expected to become hazardous by late Sunday evening.

The NWS in Mobile is watching what could be a major ice storm in South Alabama, generally affecting Clarke, Monroe, Butler and Crenshaw counties.

ABC 33/40 Meteorologist James Spann said on his blog that the greatest threat for power outages lies, “south of a line from Eutaw to Clanton to Alex City to Lafayette, and north of a line from Grove Hill to Monroeville to Greenville to Luverne to Eufaula.”

Check back to periodically through out the the next three days as we track and update this developing story.