The National Weather Service in Calera today issued a winter storm watch for much of Alabama, including the Anniston area, for a 12-hour period on Thursday. (Wednesday night that was upgraded to a winter storm warning.)
The Weather Service watch statement predicts between one-half inch and two inches of snow will accumulate, with the possibility of up to four inches in some spots.
Rain is expected to change to snow in the Anniston area between noon and 2 p.m. on Thursday, with snow lasting through the early evening.
No travel problems are expected, according to Scott Unger, a Weather Service meteorologist, as conditions have been too warm recently for snow to accumulate on roadways.
Weather Service officials are more concerned about rain freezing over roadways Thursday night and into Friday morning, Unger said. According to the service, Anniston will have a low of 27 degrees Thursday night.
Most Calhoun County school districts have so far not altered their schedules for Thursday.
“As always we will monitor this event for possible changes,” said Mike Fincher, director of safety for the Calhoun County Schools, in an email sent this morning.
Administrators with Anniston, Oxford, Jacksonville and Piedmont schools also said this morning that they are monitoring the weather, but are not planning on altering class schedules.
Piedmont schools Superintendent Matt Akin said his system won’t make an absolute determination until officials consult with the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency and other area school superintendents Thursday morning, he said.
Weather Service meteorologists expect Thursday to be breezy, and Unger said they’re hoping those winds will dry the roadways. If not, motorists can expect ice on the roads, especially elevated roadways like bridges, he said.
Unger also warned residents that meteorologists expect temperatures to get even colder next week, with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.