Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter Weather Advisory from NWS Birmingham

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
401 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...SNOW POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...

.A STRENGTHENING STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS SOUTH
ALABAMA ON THURSDAY...BRINGING WITH IT A COMPLEX THREAT OF
POSSIBLE WINTER WEATHER. ASSOCIATED RAINS...OVER NORTHWEST ALABAMA
ON THURSDAY...ARE EXPECTED TO CHANGE OVER TO SNOW DURING THE
AFTERNOON HOURS...AND EXTEND INTO NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA IN THE EARLY EVENING. THERE APPEARS TO
BE A WINDOW...BETWEEN NOON AND 9 PM...WHEN A BAND OF LOCALLY HEAVY
SNOW MAY DEVELOP OVER NORTHWEST ALABAMA. ALTHOUGH THE GROUND WILL
BE WET... GROUND TEMPERATURES REMAIN WARM...AND NEAR SURFACE
TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING...THE RATE OF SNOWFALL MAY
BE SUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME THOSE LIMITING FACTORS AND LEAD TO
FAIRLY RAPID ACCUMULATION IN THE HEAVIEST SNOW BANDS. AT THIS
TIME...THE MAIN CONCERNS FOR TRAVEL WILL BE LIMITED VISIBILITY...
AND WET ROADS. PLEASE URGE ANYONE THAT MUST DRIVE IN ANY SNOWFALL
THIS AFTERNOON TO NOT PANIC...AND DRIVE WITH EXTRA CAUTION.

MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-PICKENS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMILTON...SULLIGENT...VERNON...
FAYETTE...DOUBLE SPRINGS...JASPER...CARROLLTON
401 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST
THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST
THIS EVENING. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

A BAND OF SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER WESTERN ALABAMA
THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN AS ALL
RAIN THURSDAY MORNING. AS THE RAIN SWITCHES OVER TO SNOW AFTER 12
NOON...THE SNOW COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES. CONSEQUENTLY...SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE EVEN WITH SURFACE
TEMPERATURES REMAINING ABOVE FREEZING.

IN ADDITION TO THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW...WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH
ARE EXPECTED. THIS COMBINATION COULD QUICKLY LEAD TO LOW
VISIBILITIES AND POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE
SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END QUICKLY BY EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.



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