Winter Storm Warning issued for South Alabama

From James Spann:The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of South Alabama for Tuesday and Tuesday night south of a line from Demopolis to Billingsley to Alexander City to Lafayette. Just to the north, a "Winter Weather Advisory" is up for Greene, Hale, Sumter, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Perry, and Randolph Counties.

Here are the important points you need to know

Light snow could break out across Alabama early Tuesday morning. Yes, we do expect snow in places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, but generally it should be very light and scattered, and no significant accumulation is expected. Maybe a dusting in a few spots. Travel issues are not expected through North/Central Alabama.

Over the southern half of the state, precipitation begins Tuesday. Near the coast, it begins as rain and sleet, with a change over to freezing rain and sleet, and snow by Tuesday night. Driving conditions should deteriorate late Tuesday afternoon initially with bridge icing, and by Tuesday night travel will be very difficult across the southern counties of Alabama, especially south of U.S. 80. Bridges and overpasses will become very icy.

A period of freezing rain is likely in many South Alabama communities before the snow begins with some ice accumulation. This will make for very dangerous driving conditions, but the ice load is not expected to be high enough for power outages.

Higher snow amounts should be in the broad area from Montgomery down to Troy and over to Eufaula and Phenix City, where some 4 inch totals are possible.

Mobile could see one inch of snow, but they will have to deal with sleet and freezing rain before it changes over. Bridge icing is possible all the way down to the Gulf Coast late Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Remember, we don't have much experience in forecasting winter weather events in South Alabama, so expect a few surprises along the way. Some will be delighted with the snow amounts they get, others severely disappointed.

ARCTIC COLD: ALL of Alabama will be in the deep freeze through mid-week. For North/Central Alabama, we will have a hard time getting out of the low 30s Tuesday and Wednesday; the coldest mornings will come early Wednesday and Thursday. The low at daybreak Wednesday will be in the 8 to 13 degree range, with 10 to 15 degrees likely early Thursday. The sky becomes sunny Wednesday, and Thursday will be sunny as well. We begin to warm up Thursday afternoon with a high in the 40s.