Strong Cold Front passes later this evening. A few light showers ahead of the front later this evening likely. As the colder air rushes in behind the front expect a changeover to freezing rain mainly after midnight tonight and extending into the morning hours on Monday.
Freezing Rain likely to begin as early 8pm for extreme NW Alabama. Central portions of Alabama around Madison Co will be later tonight, 10pm-closer to midnight. Again , this will primarily be an after midnight-overnight event. Our In-House Model below depicts temps dropping rapidly as the colder air filter in.
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from midnight tonight-9am Monday for Lauderdale,Colbert,Franklin,Madison, Lawrence,Limestone, Jackson along with our S. TN counties: Giles,Lincoln,Moore,Franklin.
Winter Storm Warning for Lawrence/Wayne Co for Freezing Rain and then possible Snow Accum overnight tonight.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY basically means that longer periods of freezing rain could cause some travel difficulties but as noted previously, elevated surfaces (bridges/overpasses, etc) are the primary concern given the milder ground temps.
TRAVEL: As expected, warmer ground temps will keep a majority of roadways across our area relatively dry and passable. The primary concern with ice accum is confined to bridges/overpasses, cars, trees, and power lines. All and all, primarily elevated surfaces. Minor ice accumulations of .10-.20″ are expected for Madison/Jackson Co and primarily areas West of I-65 along with all all our forecast counties across Southern Middle TN. (See Map Below for Advisories shaded in Blue/the pink for Wayne/Lawrence Co indicates Winter Storm Warning- they are expecting freezing rain and possible snow accum 1+”) .
TIP: For your morning commute: you may want plan on leaving earlier than usual to allow enough time if any bridges and overpasses (elevated portions of 565/Mem Pkway) briefly shut down hindering your usual/normal commute to work. Again, most areas should be fine.
Moisture is out of here by Monday (early) afternoon and while Monday will continue to be cloudy/cold, by Tuesday weather is already improving. We warm back into the 50′s for daytime highs pretty quickly by Mid-week.