The likelihood of a winter storm hitting the area on Wednesday has gone from a possibility to something that is now expected to happen. The National Weather Service Birmingham has elevated our watch to a full blown Winter Storm Warning. This alert is from 9am Wednesday until midnight.

The warning area includes these counties:

  • Bibb
  • Fayette
  • Lamar
  • Marion
  • Pickens
  • Tuscaloosa

Here's the official statement issued from the National Weather Service:

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT
CST WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM
WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* EVENT...ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.

* TIMING...FROM 9 AM WEDNESDAY THROUGH MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATION...ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM PICKENS TO SHELBY TO
RANDOLPH COUNTIES.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW TOTALS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH ISOLATED
HIGHER AMOUNTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

When will it start? This map displays the projected time this winter storm will begin on Wednesday across the area. This includes 10am for Tuscaloosa.

NWS

How much snow? This map shows the City of Tuscaloosa could see 1 to 4 inches of snow, the north part of the county could go over 4 inches.

NWS


As we get closer to the weather event the certainty strengthens. However, fluctuation remains possible. Meaning, be sure to check back with us for the latest developments.