Category: Winter Weather
The NWS in Birmingham has issued a winter weather advisory for Cherokee County. It will remain in effect until 9 p.m.
Beverly Daniel from Cherokee County EMA reports there is a good dusting in most places on the mountain. Getting reports of heavier snow in the very northern part of the county north of Gaylesville. She also reports that County Road 48 going up the mountain from Al Hwy 273 is covered with snow.
There is quite a bit of snow upstream from Cherokee County as well that will be rotating through over the next couple of hours.
If you must travel across Cherokee County, please use extreme caution.
LATE REPORT at 9:12:
US-231 closed at Brindley Mountain in northeastern Morgan County. Traffic is a nightmare in that area.
The highway 231 bridge over the Tennessee River is closed according to EMA.
Flakes are flying across North and Central Alabama this morning. Our favorite flake @spann is getting greetings from far and wide. The one above is courtesy of @michaelsteeley in Pigeon Forge TN.
The image below is the Birmingham radar on the left, the Hytop radar in North Alabama on the right, showing the hydrometeor classification algorithm display, with lots of light snow flurries and showers showing up.
Indeed, snow showers are affecting Central Alabama this morning, with reports of big, fluffy flakes from all sorts of places like Helena and Mountain Brook and Hoover and Pell City. There aren’t many of them, and certainly not enough to cause trouble for now. The heaviest concentrations are over southern Walker, southwestern Jefferson and northeastern Tuscaloosa Counties with another concentration over southern Blount and northeastern Jefferson Counties.
Pretty much if you are in Walker, Blount, Jefferson, eastern Tuscaloosa northern Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun and Clay Counties, you are probably seeing a few flakes.
No travel problems are being reported or are expected across Central Alabama.
To the north and northeast it is a different story. Winter weather advisories are in effect for Jackson and DeKalb Counties in Northeast Alabama, with hazardous conditions being reported there. The NWS Huntsville is holding off on issuing a winter weather advisory for other counties.
Jackson County: 2 inches of snow at Dutton. This image is courtesy of @ToddHu02.
Ice is reported on the Hwy 35 bridge crossing the Tennessee River in Scottsboro. And highway 35 is snow covered going across the top of Sand Mountain. This image is coming out of Section on Hwy 35 (courtesy of @Sheri_Buckner).
Madison County: bridges are covered in snow and beginning to ice. Some rural secondary roads are slushy. Schools are now closed there.
Morgan County: Jason Simpson relayed a report of 2 inches of snow on the ground in Lacey’s Springs.
DeKalb County: Highway 75 snow covered at Sylvania. Schools are closed and roads are hazardous. Here is an image from Fyffe via @JTijsma.
Here is a pretty picture from Crossville in DeKalb County from Jason Holcombe.
The snow shower machine should continue through midnight tonight. Interestingly, south of a line from Union to Brent to Thorsby to Dadeville, people are wondering what in the heck we are talking about. South of that line, skies are perfectly clear!
Just perusing a variety of weather resources this morning, and I happened upon another view of the snowfall from the storm that dumped so much snow on the Mid-Atlantic states.
This image was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument around 1815Z (12:15 pm CST) on January 24, 2016. Over the last decade, NASA launched a series of satellites that offer an unparalleled view of Earth from space. That series, known collectively as NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS), has provided striking new insights into many aspects of Earth, including its clouds, oceans, vegetation, ice, and atmosphere. However, as the EOS satellites age, a new generation of Earth-observing satellites are poised to take over.
The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership represents a critical first step in building this next-generation satellite system. Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observe nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science. The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) spacecraft lifted off at 5:48 am EDT on October 28, 2011, to begin its Earth observation mission.
Things are going downhill quickly over Northeast Alabama tonight.
Roads throughout Etowah County are reported to be icy according to EMA.
The NWS maintains a winter weather advisory for Cleburne, Calhoun, Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, Cullman, Morgan, Madison Limestone, Lawrence, Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale.
The winter weather advisory has been cancelled for all the remaining counties that were in it earlier today.
Travel should be avoided in the advisory counties.
The wind advisory has been extended til noon Saturday for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties.
Winds gusted to 36 mph at the Birmingham International Airport at 8:27 p.m. A tree fell in Pinson, causing a power outage. Will average 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph through the early morning hours.
Widespread very light snow continues across much of Central Alabama tonight, generally east of I-59 and across North Alabama east of I-65.
The snow is accumulating lightly on exposed surfaces like cars.
Temperatures are in the lower 30s along and north of the I-20 Corridor. It is now 32F at the Birmingham Airport.
Roads are generally just wet for now, but there could be slick spots especially on bridges and overpasses as we go through the evening. Don’t drive if you don’t have to. If you must drive, use extra caution.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect for areas north of a line from Aliceville to Moundville to Montevallo to Roanoke.
The light snow should end by 10 p.m.
Across North Alabama, 1 to 2 inches of snow is on the ground across parts of the Tennessee Valley. There is 2.5 inches of snow on the ground in Crossville in DeKalb County. Roads are becoming dangerous in the Huntsville area. Parts of Memorial Parkway are closed.