Ice Storm Threat is Increasing

| January 9, 2011 @ 12:40 pm | 32 Replies

Warmer air aloft is a great concern for us here in Central Alabama as it increases the possibility of a dangerous ice storm.

Already seeing reports of iced bridges in Sumter County Alabama and numerous accidents in Meridian. Conditions will continue to deteriorate over West Central Alabama this afternoon, spreading northeast with time. The precipitation could reach the Birmingham area as early as mid-afternoon.

The sleet and freezing rain could transition over to snow for a few hours this evening as evaporative cooling occurs, but it very well could switch back to all freezing rain later tonight in the I-20 corridor, creating a potentially disastrous ice storm situation. Please take a moment to assess your readiness for an extended power outages that could occur.

Tim is preparing a new video that will be up soon trying to sort out all the science of this situation.

Here is a great resource from Alabama Power.


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  1. Chase says:

    Is that dry spot stuff true?

  2. Elves Presley says:

    did these warm air temps not show up on the computers/models or is it a product of the weather balloons deployed?

  3. Katrina Runs says:

    I’ve got sleet in Ralph (15miles W of Tuscaloosa in the county, 5 miles north off 1-20 up on a ridge, close to Coker)

    It’s falling as sleet and melting on the sidewalk, sticking in the grass.

  4. KooKoo says:

    It is now sleeting in West Blocton.

  5. Dennis says:

    Nothing falling hear in hillcrest area hwy 69 s
    will begin later?

  6. Joe says:

    Some power outages being reported in Central Mississippi

  7. Stacy says:

    Chase, if this is the case it is NOT good. a ton of snow is better than ice. a “dry spot” is not what they are talking about. the precip is coming, now it is just how much in what form and ice is the worst form.

  8. Djh says:

    Nothing falling here 69s hillcrest area

  9. kyle upton says:

    How much ice is predicted for Tarant?

  10. Jared says:

    When will abc33/40 start their tv broadcast? Seems like we are starting to get a lot of storm reports.

  11. Mary Ann says:

    I’m so confused regarding boundaries, etc. Can somebody with a weather brain tell me what Gadsden should reasonably expect to happen at this point? I know it can always change.

  12. Mary Ann says:

    I’m getting so confused regarding boudaries, etc. Can somebody who understands this stuff better than I do tell me what Gadsden should be expecting? I know it can always change.

  13. Justin says:

    no sleet yet in Tuscaloosa, location is right next to campus, temp is 34 degrees.

  14. John Talbot says:

    “Elvis”, they have been talking about the warmer temps working in aloft since the get-go. This is why they have a Ice Storm Warning for Bibb & south. Its just working more north now, & there has been concern of it doing this.

  15. Logan says:

    ABC 33/40 Will have a 30 minute special airing at 4:30 PM CST.

  16. Morris says:

    How long will ‘ ALWAYS ON’ (alabama power) be off this time?

  17. Old man winter says:

    Can someone please explain why I can’t stay away from the weather blogs today for more than about five minutes?

  18. maybrc says:

    @Jared — I am wondering the same thing. The Twitter feed just posted this: Join us for a live 30 minute weather special hosted by James Spann today at 4:30.

  19. Ain't No Snow says:

    An ice storm is terrible news!!!! Now there’s not even going to be any snow just all ice!!!! David Neal you da man!!!

  20. christyinTtown says:

    Sleet in coming down pretty good 69S in Ttown!

  21. Laura says:

    Just wondering if the threat of ice would be greater in St.Clair County around Leeds/Moody as opposed to Etowah County around Rainbow City. Trying to decide whether to stay in St.Clair county or not….any ideas? Seems like bad new for anywhere around I-20….

  22. AM says:

    Hey, now, Neal said cold rain with a little sleet. No biggie. Well, this IS a biggie if it’s FREEZING rain with sleet.

  23. Rockdoc says:

    Sleet with some light snow mixed in, Hillcrest area south of t’town.

  24. KAD says:

    Laura–looks bad anywhere around here. Just get to a place and stay safe.

  25. Stacy says:

    AM, you can’t tell Ain’t No Snow anything, he thinks weather FOREcasts are supposed to be spot on.

  26. AM says:

    Laura, the more north you go the better the chance of all snow and less ice but the way this is shaping up it maybe going further north than anyone thought before. So it’s up to you.

  27. Judy says:

    It is sleeting in Woodstock and sticking good, sidewalk is icy !

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