NWS: Snow expected to impact much of Central Alabama

Published 8:21 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

An arctic cold front will enter northwest Alabama Tuesday morning and move southeastward across central Alabama Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. This front should have enough moisture and lift to generate a band of light to moderate snow, which could potentially affect all of central Alabama. A second band of heavier snow may also develop across the southeast portions of the area Tuesday night and possibly produce higher snowfall totals in this area. Though snowfall totals are forecast to remain less than 2 inches, impacts to travel could be significant due to temperatures falling into the 20s and teens Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from Tuesday, 6 a.m., through Wednesday, 6 a.m. A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from Tuesday at 9 p.m. through 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The NWS said drivers should be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

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A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.