James Spann: Snow showers tonight; warmer Sunday in Alabama

WINTER WEATHER IS HERE: The rain/snow line has been progressing steadily across Alabama this afternoon, pretty much in line with our morning forecast. It should reach the Anniston/Gadsden area by late afternoon. So far, roads are just wet, and there have been no travel issues in Alabama.

Our overall accumulation forecast remains unchanged…

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We will forecast occasional snow showers tonight; they will be somewhat random, meaning snow distribution will be very uneven. Some spots will see no accumulation, other places will see the ground turning white in a short period of time. But, for North/Central Alabama, amounts should be under 1 inch for most places. Better totals will come over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama.

TRAVEL: Temperatures are near freezing now over Northwest Alabama, and they drop below freezing statewide tonight. Expect icy spots to form, initially on bridges and overpasses, especially after 9:00 p.m.

And, where heavier snow showers develop, some black top roads could become slick. Be very careful if you need to drive tonight.

TOMORROW: We could see a few lingering morning snow flurries, otherwise the day will be breezy and cold with a high of sun and clouds… we won’t make it out of the 30s. Any road problems should fade by midday as temperatures climb into the mid 30s.

SUNDAY: After a low in the low 20s, we rise to near 50 degrees with a good supply of sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry and warmer; showers return Tuesday thanks to an approaching cold front.

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