No serious winter weather threat is anticipated, but officials caution drivers to be aware of the possibility of freezing rain and sleet this morning and Friday morning.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville issued a hazardous weather outlook Wednesday in advance of a cold front that was heading south into the Shoals.
The weather service forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of a wintry mix this morning and a 50 percent chance of freezing precipitation Friday morning.
Meteorologist Steve Shumway said a mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain is possible through 9 a.m. today.
Light accumulations of freezing rain are possible on elevated surfaces, weather service officials said.
“We don’t expect a lot of accumulation, if we get anything,” Shumway said. “We’re not too worried about that one, and then the sun will come out after that.
“After midnight (Friday), though, temperatures will dip into the lower 30s so there could be rain or freezing rain from midnight until about 6 a.m. Friday. After that, it’ll be warm enough that it’ll all be rain.”
The low this morning was expected to be around 33 degrees, with a high of 41. It will dip to around 33 degrees Friday morning before warming to 46 degrees in the afternoon, according to the forecast.
The weather service hadn’t issued winter weather watches or warnings as of Wednesday evening, Shumway said.
“It’s subject to chance, but that’s all for now,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “It depends how much cold air is at the surface Thursday night into early Friday morning, so there’s that potential. We just have to keep an eye out for it.”
Meanwhile, officials considered lifting the flood warning in the Shoals on Wednesday night as the Tennessee River was expected to recede.
Shumway said the river was at 19.1 feet at Florence on Wednesday afternoon and was expected to drop under 18 feet, which is flood stage.
The area has been under a flood warning since Jan. 14.
Bernie Delinski can be reached at 256-740-5739 or bernie.delinski@TimesDaily.com.