No serious winter weather threat is anticipated, but officials caution drivers to be aware of the possibility of morning freezing rain and sleet Thursday and Friday.
The National Weather Service office in Huntsville issued a hazardous weather outlook today in advance of a cold front that is heading south into the Shoals.
The weather service forecast calls for a 20 percent chance for a wintry mix overnight into Thursday morning and 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. Thursday.
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 Thursday morning is 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 that afternoon, according to the forecast.
In other weather news, officials are considering lifting the flood warning in the Shoals today, as the Tennessee River is expected to recede below flood stage.
Shumway said the river was at 19.1 feet at Florence this afternoon and is 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.