National Weather Service officials said the Shoals should experience a “fairly minor icing event” this afternoon and tomorrow morning, with accumulations of less than one-tenth of an inch.
During a briefing today for local emergency officials, meteorologists said they don’t anticipate roads to be impacted, although some bridges and overpasses could have a temporary glazing.
The best chances for accumulations in northwest Alabama are areas nearest the Mississippi and Tennessee lines.
Northwest Alabama is under a winter weather advisory from 3 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Tuesday.
A big question involving wintry accumulations today and Tuesday involves how close the temperature will get toward freezing. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-30s today before falling to a low of 29 overnight. Tuesday’s high will be 39, but freezing rain is possible before 9 a.m.
At the same time, weather service officials said the relatively warm weather the Shoals has experienced this winter could help the ground stay warm enough to avoid accumulations.
Meanwhile, concerns surrounding flooding continue. Weather service officials said some areas could be in for another 1 to 2 inches of rainfall by Tuesday.