As the heavier snow tapers off, expect road conditions to improve *slightly* around Huntsville, Athens, Decatur and The Shoals; there will be little or no change in roads where we had up to seven inches of snow in Northeast Alabama this morning. Expect travel to nearly impossible in parts of Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb, and Jackson Counties.
As the heavier precipitation tapers off, roads become more of a slushy mess than a sheet of ice. That will give road crews a chance to get at least a few lanes clear of ice and snow before the next storm gets here on Wednesday. Travel is NOT advised anywhere in north Alabama through early afternoon unless it is absolutely necessary.
So there is a chance that you can get out this afternoon in Madison, Limestone, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, and Marion Counties in North Alabama, but use caution if you are going anywhere. Temperatures will climb into the lower 30s between 1 and 4 PM, and a little sunshine will help in those areas too. Don’t expect much sun in the heavily affected areas.
Now that this one is winding down, there’s something big on the horizon for Wednesday:
Another 3 to 6 inches or more of snow is likely in Northeast Alabama on Wednesday. Heavy snow will likely shut down most of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee through Thursday. Huntsville, Decatur and The Shoals will get around 2 to 4 inches on average with some locally higher amounts.
This will fall on top of 5 to 7 inches of snow that are already on the ground, so some areas will end up with more than 15 inches of snow between the two events.
Expect schools to be closed in Northeast Alabama for the rest of the week with few exceptions; we don’t forecast the school systems, but I can tell you from what I see there’s not much hope of getting back to normal before the weekend. Get to where you need to be now; you may be there a while.
We’ll have more as the day goes on…stay with us!