Snow is on the horizon today — here's what you might be wondering
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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The water splashed up by this car on Hillyer High Road in Anniston Wednesday could become part of a slushy mix on area streets this evening if snow falls during the afternoon as predicted. (Anniston Star photo by Bill Wilson)
The water splashed up by this car on Hillyer High Road in Anniston Wednesday could become part of a slushy mix on area streets this evening if snow falls during the afternoon as predicted. (Anniston Star photo by Bill Wilson)
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Will it snow?

Yes — the supporting evidence being that around 10:30 Wednesday night, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the west central, central and northeast counties of Alabama. NWS meteorologist Scott Unger said some parts of the county could see 4 inches; in general, the forecast calls for less.

When?

Starting between noon and 2 p.m. today, through about 6 p.m., according to meteorologists with the Weather Service.

Will it stick?

Perhaps, but not on the roads. If the county receives the 2 inches of snow predicted, there should only be accumulation at grassy or elevated areas, Unger said. If some areas of Calhoun County receive 4 inches of snow, drivers could experience some slush on the roads, he said.

Will it be dangerous to drive?

Probably not. Unger said researchers don’t believe the snow will affect road conditions. However, they are concerned about rain freezing over roadways tonight and into Friday morning.

Are schools closing?

Not that we’ve heard. Administrators with local schools said Wednesday morning that they were monitoring the weather, but weren’t planning on changing class schedules.

Will it warm up next week?

Nope. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to keep dropping, with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

Check annistonstar.com for the latest forecasts and closings.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_star.

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