Freezing rain forecast for Wednesday

The National Weather Service expects freezing rain in the area Wednesday morning.

Calhoun County residents who are working on Wednesday – or traveling, or returning gifts – should take care as they hit the roads, National Weather Service forecasters say.

The Anniston area is likely to see freezing rain, beginning in the early morning hours and continuing through the pre-work rush hour.

“We’re not expecting significant accumulations, but it’s worth looking out for,” said Jason Holmes, a forecaster at the weather service office in Calera. “We get wrecks even when it’s just wet.”

The weather service released a winter weather advisory Tuesday morning, warning of “minor winter weather impacts” from mix of sleet, rain and freezing rain Wednesday morning. Holmes said its likely to begin clearing up late Wednesday morning.

There’s no snow in the forecast, though Holmes said forecasters are seeing patterns that could lead to winter weather over the New Year’s weekend. Holmes stressed that snow over the weekend is far from a sure thing.

“It’s a low-confidence forecast,” he said.


Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.