Most of Calhoun County this morning missed the ice and sleet forecast for today, but the National Weather Service office in Calera says Anniston will likely see 2 to 3 inches of snow starting Wednesday afternoon.
“It kind of depends on what side of the fence you sit on,” said John De Block, the warning coordinator meteorologist with the Weather Service. “Southwest of Anniston we’re increasingly confident we’ll see around 2 inches. Northeast of Anniston could get into the 3- or 4-inch range.”
School officials in Calhoun County decided today to cancel classes for Wednesday, having already kept students and teachers at home today. Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Joe Dyar said officials would confer at midday Wednesday to make a decision about Thursday.
De Block said meteorologists are predicting parts of northwest Georgia could see as much as 6 inches of snow starting Wednesday, as a winter storm with the potential to knock down trees and cut off power could blow through the area.
“We’re right on the verge of some significant winter weather coming to the area,” De Block said.
The forecast for tonight calls for rain, turning into a wintry mix of sleet and snow Wednesday as temperatures drop below freezing.
De Block said that how much snow Anniston gets will depend once again on how far south the air cools below freezing, but meteorologists expect it will be right along the Interstate 20 corridor throughout the central part of Alabama.
“If you have stuff you need to get done today while the temperatures are above freezing and the roads are clear, you should go ahead and get it done,” De Block said.
In better news, De Block said, temperatures are expected to hit the mid 40s by Thursday, which would likely melt most of the accumulation and make roads safe for travel.
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