Update On Our Weather Situation At 6:20 PM

| December 8, 2017 @ 6:24 pm

The band of snow continues to thin out as it slowly pushes off to the east, with the back edge now along or just ahead of a line from Demopolis to Thorsby to Heflin. The band is now only approximately 30 miles wide at its widest point, with just a very thin band of rain and sleet on the leading edge. With this trend in radar, much of the activity will either be out of Central Alabama or mostly dissipate by the time we reach sunrise on Saturday morning.


A Winter Storm Warning continues in effect until midnight tonight for Autauga, Bibb, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Marengo, Perry, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, and Tuscaloosa counties until 7:00 AM Saturday.

A Winter Weather Advisory continues in effect for Barbour, Blount, Bullock, Cherokee, Etowah, Fayette, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pickens, Pike, Russell, and Walker counties until 7:00 AM Saturday.

Icing conditions will be problematic as we continue to move through the evening hours. Most of the major highways and interstates may be ok to travel on, but the worry spots will be those secondary and smaller side roads. The best idea for travel is DON’T. If you do not have to get out tonight, please stay off the roads. Only get out if you have to go to work or you have an emergency. Keep the roads open to the emergency response vehicles and utilities as they restore power to those who have lost it during the snow storm.

Models are trending that the temperatures will fall slowly throughout the evening hours before much of Alabama drops below freezing after 10-11PM tonight. That will actually help out with evaporating some of the moisture off of the roadways where the snow has come to an end. Once the skies clear out and the temperature starts dropping quicker, we could see the overnight lows bottom as low as the upper teens to the upper 20s.

It will be a slow progression to the east with the snow and rain/snow mix through the rest of the evening, with the final few flakes leaving Central Alabama by the time the sun rises on Saturday morning. Temperatures throughout the morning will be on the slow rise and not make it above freezing until 9-10AM. So before you head out somewhere in the morning, check with ABC 33/40 to see if there are any road closures. No sense in having an accident by trying to get somewhere before roads are in good shape.

Saturday’s weather will be brilliant but chilly, as skies will be sunny and highs making it up into the lower to mid-40s. You may have some snow melt off, but it make take a day or two before we say goodbye to the last traces of this snow event. Lows will once again drop into the 20s throughout Central Alabama under clear skies for the overnight hours on Saturday night.


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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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