Power outages expected as ice and snow are on the way
The area is under a winter storm warning as forecasters expect an icy wintry mix that could start as early as tonight.
They believe this is part of a week of hazardous wintry precipitation.
The warning from the National Weather Service office in Huntsville continues from 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday and states “heavy mixed precipitation” is expected.
Up to three-fourths of an inch of ice and 3 inches of snow are expected, the warning states. The storm is expected to result in power outages and tree damage.
“Power outages will be likely due to the expected ice accumulations, which in some rural areas could last for a few days,” the warning states. “The combination of bitter cold temperatures Monday night into Tuesday will make conditions particularly hazardous for those that do lose power. Residents should be prepared and have an emergency supply kit ready in event of a long duration power outage. Travel conditions will be very slow to improve on Tuesday into Wednesday, even after the precipitation ends.”
The low Sunday night will be near 23, with Monday’s high only reaching 27, according to the forecast. Wind chills will be 15-20 degrees.
Snow Monday could be heavy at times, with new snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible, the warning states.
No wintry precipitation is expected Tuesday but the high that day only will reach near 27 and low around 17 Tuesday night, according to the forecast.
That means ice may not start to melt until Wednesday, when highs reach near 37, but there is a 40% chance of rain and snow showers before 5 p.m. Wednesday and 90% chance of rain and snow Wednesday night.
Thursday’s forecast calls for an 80% chance of rain and snow showers in the morning, followed by rain showers through the day before switching back to rain and snow showers before dissipating that night.
Friday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-30s and lows near 20. Saturday will be sunny with a high in the upper 40s.