More snow, ice in the forecast for northeast Alabama
by Brian Anderson
Feb 09, 2014 | 6460 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northern Alabama might be gearing up for another snow day.

Less than two weeks after a winter storm caught many by surprise, shutting down roads and cities throughout the state, the National Weather Service in Birmingham predicts more snow for Monday and Tuesday.

A winter storm watch will go into effect in Calhoun County at 3 p.m. Monday, and last until noon Tuesday. The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 3 inches of snow could hit Tuesday morning in places such as Ohatchee, Piedmont and Jacksonville. Less snow is expected further south, but Aaron Gleason, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said Anniston and Oxford could see a dangerous winter mix and up to two-tenths of an inch of ice.

"We have a cold front coming in and kind of hanging out in the area," Gleason said. "That means you're likely to see a mixed bag. You could see snow, some freezing rain and some sleet."

Gleason said the National Weather Service on Sunday was still figuring out where a hard line separating the snow and ice would fall, making it difficult to pinpoint how much accumulation would hit certain parts of the state. Gleason said areas north of Interstate 20 should expect at least some hazardous weather Monday night into Tuesday morning.

As for predicting a gridlock similar to the one that shut down areas throughout the state two weeks ago, Gleason said it was still to early to tell.

"Any time you have ice and freezing temperatures in central Alabama, there is a potential for dangerous conditions," Gleason said. "We would encourage people tomorrow night if they can be in by 9 p.m., that would be great."

Rain is expected to begin falling in the area before midnight Monday, and turn to freezing rain into Tuesday morning.

Joe Dyar, superintendent of Calhoun County Schools, said he would meet with school officials in the county Monday morning to discuss delays or cancellations.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.
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