Good early Thursday morning! Many of you have heard about the prospects of the white stuff coming close to our area, and since the event is now 12-18 hours away, we can better pinpoint in the form of a blog what the impacts will be to our viewing area. As of 2 AM EST, Chambers County, Alabama is the only county in our viewing area under some kind of advisory from the National Weather Service; a winter weather advisory is in effect there for amounts of a half inch to up to 2 inches of snow possible. Further to the north, some places in the state may receive up to 4 inches before all is said and done; a winter storm warning is in effect for those areas, including the entire length of I-20 through the state through Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and the Anniston/Gadsden areas. The National Weather Service does note that “a dusting to a half inch of snow may occur south of the advisory area.” Could places like Auburn/Opelika see a dusting of snow on grassy areas before all is said and done? That’s certainly a possibility still on the table now.
As for Georgia, the National Weather Service has decided to go with just a winter weather advisory basically along and north of I-20 from Carrollton to Atlanta and then to just north of Athens. I would not be surprised to see the advisory updated to a winter storm warning sometime later this morning. Could we see a dusting of snow on the Georgia side of the river in our viewing area? Certainly…I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of the ground turning white in Troup and Meriwether counties, and even some spotty reports from Harris and Talbot counties.
The million dollar question: what about Columbus? As of right now, I don’t think this will be an event to get excited about if you are in Columbus proper, but this is subject to change as the event unfolds. Current forecasts right now show the heaviest band of snow setting up shop to the north and west of the city. I wouldn’t be shocked at this point to see a few flakes mixed in with light rain as the precipitation draws to a close tomorrow evening, but I think conditions will be a tad too warm and the city will be too far away from the best dynamics of the storm system to get any kind of accumulating snow.
We’ll post updates here as conditions warrant!