So far this morning, the majority of the precipitation in the Tennessee Valley has been a cold or freezing rain, which has provided a coating of ice to elevated surfaces and like trees and cars. Some occasional snow and sleet have been reported as well. We’ve heard a few reports of some slick roads, but by and large travel conditions haven’t deteriorated on a wide scale just yet.
Don’t let this morning’s passable roads fool you, though. We’ll likely see periods of rain and snow mixing through the morning with a change to all snow this afternoon. The late-day snow will likely be heavy at times, especially in Northeast Alabama, with occasional bands of intense snowfall within the wider area of precipitation. Snow will continue into the evening and night, creating hazardous travel conditions through Thursday morning.
It’s impossible to say exactly how much snow will fall in a given location, especially if bands of heavy snow develop, but to give you an idea of the placement and magnitude of accumulations we expect here is Ben Smith’s forecast graphic from this morning.