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Snow Reports

| 6:29 pm February 25, 2015

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Historic Snow Storm

| 5:40 pm February 25, 2015

A historic snow storm continues to impact North Alabama late this afternoon with impacts being felt as far south as Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Anniston.

Snow will accumulate as far south as a line from Eutaw to Centreville to Calera to Sylacauga to Roanoke.

Here is the NWS Birmingham’s updated snowfall forecast:

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Snow is now falling in Tuscaloosa according to John Oldshue and and Reform in Pickens County.

Snow is now falling in western Jefferson County at the Miller Steam Plant.

Traffic is a nightmare tonight in the areas that have seen snow. Corridor X (I-22) is impassable at Exit 26. ALDOT reports that I-65 is closed due to stuck traffic NB at MM 298 and SB at MM 317.

The back edge of the snow is over western Mississippi. It will be midnight before the precipitation ends along I-65 and during the early morning hours over East Alabama. It is still snowing heavily at Columbus MS.

SNOW TOTALS
CULLMAN
6″ Cullman Emergency Operations Center
8″ at Good Hope

MARION
Flashes were reported in Guin, where limbs are breaking under the weight of the heavy wet snow. That is probably the fuse blowing on a power transformer. 8″ of snow at Guin. Power outages are being reported along US_278 between Hamilton and Natural Bridge.

BLOUNT
6″ at Hayden
4″ at Locust Fork
6″ at Blountsville

ETOWAH
5″ at Altoona

WINSTON
7″ at Haleyville

LAMAR COUNTY
6″ at Detroit

MARION COUNTY
9″ at Bear Creek
9″ at Hackleburg
6.5″ at Hamilton

WALKER COUNTY
6″ at Curry

MARSHALL COUNTY
6″ at Boaz

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Will It Snow In Tuscaloosa/Birmingham?

| 4:57 pm February 25, 2015

Yes.

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The rain/snow line is inching south and eastward late this afternoon.

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It is now snowing across the northern two thirds of Pickens County, in places like Carrollton, Gordo and Reform. Lamar County is all snow. There is snow across the northwestern half of Fayette County, with sleet/snow over southeastern parts.

Around Tuscaloosa, the snow area is approaching the western edge of the county.

A mix is falling across Walker County with rain southeast a line from Oakman to Parrish to Cordova. Some sleet is mixing in around the Birmingham area, with snow around Morris and Warrior. It is starting to snow in Pinson. Snow is reported in Clay.

Here is a Twitter picture from Warrior via @01c85bec727a496:
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Freezing rain has been accumulating around Vestavia, with a coating on trees and exposed objects. A rain, sleet and snow mix is falling in Center Point. Snow should begin to fill in over the next two hours for areas along and north of I-20.

Snow covers all of Cullman and most of Blount County with snow now falling across northern St. Clair County. Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb Counties have all snow.

Areas along I-20 will see 1 to 2 inches of snow before it ends later tonight. Areas north of that will see 3-6 inches with isolated larger amounts. Expect some 10 inch amounts in areas south of the Tennessee River down to about Cullman.

The Picture of Disappointment

| 4:10 pm February 25, 2015

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@bellahuyn10 in Gardendale sent this photo of a disappointed snowfan. But take heart, cooling aloft will change precipitation to snow later this evening as the surface low moves east for areas along and north of I-20 that have been bereft of snow so far. We are seeing that, clearly, the rain-snow line is trending south. If the radar is accurate in its algorithm, then we should see rain changing over to snow for the Tuscaloosa area in the next hour.

One More Source of Ground Truth…Google Maps

| 3:33 pm February 25, 2015

The NWS in Birmingham just tweeted an image of Google Maps showing slow traffic in areas where the snow has accumulated.

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I grabbed the same image and drew a line showing the rough approximation of the rain/snow line.

Snow Accumulation Reports

| 3:06 pm February 25, 2015

The blue icons show snow depth storm reports from the National Weather Service.

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COUNTY BY COUNTY

ST CLAIR
Numerous wrecks on I-59 between Argo and Springville

WALKER
4 inches of snow 7 and 10 miles north of Jasper
Many wrecks in Jasper

CULLMAN
3.5 inches of snow in Hanceville

BLOUNT
1.8 inches at Oneonta

ETOWAH
All roads impassable

FAYETTE
1.5″ at Fowlers Crossroads

LAMAR
1″ in Sulligent
1.5″ in Vernon

WINSTON
All roads closed

MARSHALL
All roads impassable in Arab

MISC
…Scott Martin reports he just heard thunder in Fultondale. The NWS BMX reports several reports of thunder in Corner (northern Jefferson County).

THE LOW
The low responsible for the snow is in the Gulf of Mexico south of Mobile. The back edge of the precipitation is approaching the Mississippi River, so we have a long way to go.

STORMS
There are strong thunderstorms over southern Mississippi and Alabama. Small hail was report with the storm near Waynesboro MS. It will move into Choctaw and Clarke Counties in Southwest Alabama.

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