A Quick Update as of 7:15 PM

| February 17, 2021 @ 7:24 pm

Pretty decent snow showers are falling over the northwestern and portions of the north/central parts of North/Central Alabama where accumulations of 1/2-inch to 1-inch up in Town Creek. On radar, a mixture of sleet and snow to all snow is falling roughly along and west of a line from Huntsville, down to Cullman, and down to Fayette. East and south of that line is a cold rain at the moment.

Temperatures are ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s (all below freezing) along and west of the line I mentioned above, while mid-30s to the mid-50s are being reported south and east of the line. Haleyville was the cold spot at 27 degrees. Huntsville was down to 31. Muscle Shoals was down to 30 degrees. Troy was the warm spot in North/Central Alabama at 55 degrees. Birmingham was sitting at 37 degrees.

Here are some travel issues being reported on AlGoTraffic.com’s multiple Twitter feeds:

Ice on Road on AL64 both dir. @ MP 6.5 near CR 472 in Lauderdale County. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Road on AL133 SB @ MP 3.1 near Broad St in Muscle Shoals. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Road on AL20 both dir. @ MP 8.4 near CR 200 in Florence. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Road on AL133 both dir. @ MP 15.4 near Jackson Rd in Florence. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Road on AL17 both dir. @ MP 343.2 near CR 8 in Lauderdale County. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Road on AL157 both dir. @ MP 78.9 near Underwood Dr in Lauderdale County. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Road on US72 both dir. @ MP 34.8 near Arlington Blvd in Florence. Expect moderate delays.
Ice on Bridge on AL133 both dir. @ MP 7.1 near A L157 in Florence. Expect moderate delays.

For a complete listing of travel issues on the major and minor roadways and highways, please visit AlGoTraffic.com’s website.

For North Alabama: Madison and Morgan counties have been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning as conditions now look favorable for wintry accumulations of up to 3 inches and the potential of a light glaze of ice. These have been added to Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Limestone counties. All are set to expire at 6:00 am Thursday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory continues for Cullman and Jackson counties until 6:00 am Thursday morning.

Moderate to locally heavy snow is will continue to be possible this evening, before precipitation transitions to sleet and freezing rain as it ends from west to east early Thursday morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all of northwest Alabama and southern Middle Tennessee through 6 AM CST Thursday, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for portions of the region not covered under the Winter Storm Warning.

Light precipitation will be possible on Thursday and Thursday night before ending late Friday morning. This could occur as light freezing rain for the northwest portion of the outlook area on Thursday, and a mixture of light freezing rain and snow flurries for all areas on Thursday night.

For Central Alabama: A Winter Storm Warning continues in effect for Lamar, Marion, and Winston counties until 6:00 am Thursday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory continues in effect for Fayette, Pickens, and Walker counties until 3:00 am Thursday morning.

A mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain will cause impacts across northwest portions of Central Alabama through early Thursday morning. Snow and sleet accumulations up to 2 inches with locally higher amounts and freezing rain accumulations up to a tenth of an inch will be possible.

Expected rainfall over the next couple of days will cause rises on area rivers. Minor river flooding is expected along the Black Warrior river basin starting on Friday and going through Sunday morning. Please refer to river flood products for specific details.

Category: Alabama's Weather, ALL POSTS, Winter Weather

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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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