Snow Expanding, Intensifying

| January 17, 2013 @ 9:11 am

The snow over eastern Mississippi is building into western Alabama and intensifying as it expands.

There are four bands of precipitation for now on the radar.


The first is a mix of light rain, sleet and snow extending from Blount across Jefferson, St. Clair, Talladega and into Chilton Counties. Sleet has been reported in the

The second is mainly snow and is affecting parts of Pickens through Lamar, Fayette, Marion, Walker and Winston Counties. This band is becoming heavier and will push east across Cullman, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Bibb and Shelby Counties over the next couple of hours.

As the hydrometeor classification radar product from Birmingham shows, it is mainly dry snow (shown in the light blue). Some heavier snow is showing up around Walker County. Just received a report of big flakes reportedly coming down in Pickensville. Two inches on the ground in Carrollton.

Two other bands are back over Mississippi.

Here is the scene on Corridor X at Exit 22, where bridges are being sanded. That’s from @cobrafiref2 on Twitter.


As this snow came through Starkville MS, they picked up some quick accumulations. Roads became slushy but were still passable. Further south, at Newton on I-20 between Meridian and Jackson, 2.5 inches of snow fell and bridges are slick.

Reports from West Alabama indicate that roads are already starting to get slick where heavy snow is falling. Places like Pickens and Fayette Counties.

As the heavy snow falls, it will accumulate on roads, especially bridges and overpasses, and they will become slushy. If you drive on snow or slush covered roads, be extremely cautious as they will be very slippery. Leave plenty of room between you and other cars, because it will take longer to brake and you don’t want to slide.

Category: Alabama's Weather, Winter Weather

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