The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for neighboring DeKalb and Cherokee Counties for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Chattooga County EMA Director Eddie Henderson told AM 1180 on Monday afternoon – that at this time there are no watches or advisories for Chattooga County.

Issued by The National Weather Service
Huntsville, AL
3:11 pm CST, Mon., Jan. 24, 2011

… WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

 

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED: RAIN WILL BEGIN TO MIX WITH AND THEN CHANGE OVER TO SNOW SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ACROSS NORTHWEST ALABAMA… AND THEN GRADUALLY OVERSPREAD THE REMAINDER OF NORTHERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE AFTER MIDNIGHT.

* ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS AROUND TWO TO FOUR INCHES ARE CURRENTLY EXPECTED. HOWEVER… SOME HEAVIER NARROW BANDING OF SNOW MAY OCCUR… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY WITH SPECIFIC SNOW AMOUNTS STILL EXISTS.

* OTHER HAZARDS: GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 15 TO 20 MPH WILL AFFECT NORTHWEST PORTIONS OF ALABAMA LATE TUESDAY NIGHT… AND THEN SPREAD ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS: SNOW SHOULD BEGIN TO ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS ACROSS THE AREA AFTER MIDNIGHT… AND CONTINUE INTO THE MORNING HOURS ON WEDNESDAY. IN ADDITION TO THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOW AND ICE ON AREA ROADS… GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SOME SNOW WHICH COULD REDUCE VISIBILITIES.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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… LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW POSSIBLE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING…

.A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL TRACK ACROSS THE GULF COAST AND INTO THE SOUTHEAST FROM TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL COMBINE WITH AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TO BRING A GOOD CHANCE FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW TO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS RAIN AHEAD OF THE ADVANCING SYSTEM ON TUESDAY… AND GRADUALLY MIX WITH AND THEN CHANGE OVER TO SNOW ACROSS THE AREA LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW SHOULD CONTINUE OVERNIGHT TUESDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF FROM WEST TO EAST BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.