Rain here so far, but snow still threatens
by Ben Cunningham
bcunningham@annistonstar.com
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Anniston Street Department workers attach chains Monday to the tires of a truck loaded with sand to be spread on icy roads. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Anniston Street Department workers attach chains Monday to the tires of a truck loaded with sand to be spread on icy roads. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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A forecast for ice and snow overnight turned out to be all wet this morning, as temperatures stayed largely above freezing in the Anniston area.

The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency this morning reported that all roads remained open, save for Bain’s Gap Road, which was closed in advance as a precaution.

“It’s been an all-rain event for Calhoun County,” said Randall Landers, a 911 operator volunteering this morning with the EMA for the expected winter storm.

Schools and colleges also closed today in anticipation of rough weather. The Anniston Army Depot late Monday night announced a liberal leave policy beginning at midnight, allowing workers to use the own discretion about whether to drive.

“All employees are advised to use caution and common sense based on road conditions,” Jennifer Bacchus, a depot public affairs officer, wrote in an email. “Most importantly, be safe.”

Predictions for frozen precipitation may yet come true, as the forecast for Wednesday warns of more rain and snow.

Kevin Laws, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Calera, said this morning that another wave of precipitation was expected to arrive around midnight as rain and change to snow by Thursday morning.

“Some areas of northeast Alabama, and right now I’d include Anniston in that, might see some accumulating snowfall,” Laws said.

Depending on conditions, the area could see between 2-4 inches of snow, he said, though much remains uncertain.

Meanwhile, just north of Calhoun County, some woke up this morning to a blanket of snow. As Law spoke, reports arrived at the Calera office by radio from Cherokee County, where at least an inch of snow had fallen. Near Hamilton and Haleyville, in northwestern Alabama, temperatures were in the 20s this morning, he said.

“It was a pretty fine line,” Law said. “You probably wouldn’t have to go very far north to see some snow.”

Today, rain is expected to continue in the Anniston area through at least mid-morning, Law said, with temperatures hovering in the mid-30s. The area remains under a winter storm warning.

Managing Editor Ben Cunningham: 256-235-3541. On Twitter @Cunningham_Star.
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