Friday snow in the sky but will it stick on the ground?

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

Additionally, a brief changeover to a rain, snow and sleet mix will be possible through mid-morning tomorrow before drier air gets pushed in behind another cold front tomorrow morning. The precipitation will then taper off late Friday night into Saturday morning. During the January 2014 snow event, temperatures were in the 17- to 21-degree range when the snow was falling, and the ice accretion process on roads is radically different when it is that cold (we all learned the hard way!).

A cold rain mixed with sleet pellets is expected during the day on Thursday, with temperatures staying in the 40s all day. Models believe that will happen, but the best location will be just north of Central Georgia. This should lead to a mixture of rain and snow in our northern and western counties.

After seeing highs near 70 on Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon temperatures had dropped into the 40s for most.

While this won't be a major winter storm, moisture riding north of a weak area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday night through Friday should result in some wet snow or sleet across portions of the U.S. South.

There is not much wind, but it is coming on from the ocean where water temperatures are 50, so rain is more likely than snow, but may end as snow. However, there will be a 30- to 40-mile-wide strip of heavier snow somewhere over central Alabama, and a few communities could see more than 1 inch. We could see some snowfall as early as 5 a.m. Friday and ending late afternoon. The moisture will be exiting the area, so not expecting any significant issues as of now.

Friday will be an active weather day with cloudy skies, colder temperatures and a good chance of rain and snow.

It does, however, look like we could see a band of snow with accumulations over one inch. We will be doing Facebook Live updates on our 13WMAZ Facebook page this evening, so tune in!

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