Portions of the United States are preparing for a winter storm over this weekend with the threats of wind, some ice, and snow. This includes the Midwest, South, and East and could produce some “major travel headaches from North Dakota down to northern Georgia and up to Maine,” said the Weather Channel. Therefore, if you are traveling over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, be sure to check ahead.

What Does This Mean for Alabama?

Word of advice, check the forecast often today, tomorrow, and Saturday ahead of the incoming system because weather information could change depending on the incoming dynamic storm system.

Saturday Details

On Saturday the rain “will move into the western counties by midday, and widespread rain is expected statewide by late afternoon into Saturday night,” according to James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist.

Sunday Highlights

As of right now, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said that “rain may change to snow for parts of central Alabama with some accumulation potential.”


Rain changing to snow with light accumulation expected


Accumulation is possible across the northern portion of Central Alabama


Sunday morning through evening

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Spann commented that “there isn't much change in our thinking for Sunday. Rain will end early Sunday as a slot of drier air works into the state, and much colder air will drop southward with temperatures falling into the mid-30s over the northern counties. Snow showers will likely develop over North Alabama in the cold air during the day Sunday. Some light, spotty accumulation is possible; mainly on grassy areas Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening where snow showers develop... higher probabilities of getting some snow on the ground are across the northeast counties.”

Possible Travel Impacts

The temperatures will be above freezing on Sunday in the mid-30s. Spann said that “as the snow falls, and initially travel impact is not expected as roads will be just wet. Some patchy black ice is possible Sunday night on bridges where water lingers and temperatures go below freezing.”

(Source) For more details from the Weather Channel, click here. For more from the National Weather Service Birmingham, click here. Click here to follow the Facebook Page for James Spann.

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