Update: Snow forecast increases a bit for northern Alabama
Winter is back in Alabama.
Snow – yes, snow – is forecast for parts of Alabama on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
And there might be a few more than previously thought.
The Huntsville National Weather Service sent out a forecast update Wednesday afternoon that slightly increased the amount of snowfall possible for parts of northern Alabama.
Forecasters said 1 to 2 inches would be possible, with higher totals more likely in northwest Alabama and higher elevations.
Snowflakes will be possible as far south as the Interstate 20 corridor, but these areas may not see as much.
However, it could cause slippery spots on roads and elevated surfaces by Saturday morning from northern Alabama to central Alabama.
A powerful cold front is expected to sweep the state on Friday. It has the potential to bring strong to severe storms to southern Alabama Friday through Saturday, forecasters said.
No severe weather is forecast for northern or most of central Alabama, but there could be a different hazard to contend with.
The cold front will bring a breath of arctic air with it, and the departing rain could mix or turn to snow for areas generally north of Interstate 20, according to the weather service.
The deadline is late Friday evening until Saturday morning.
Northern Alabama has the potential to see the most snow. The Huntsville National Weather Service said 1 to 2 inches would be possible, with higher totals over northwest Alabama.
Snow will also be possible in the northern part of central Alabama, according to the Birmingham Weather Service:
Temperatures are expected to drop like a rock Friday night into Saturday, and rainfall could create icy patches on roads early Saturday, forecasters said.
Very cold air for March will spread into Alabama behind the front. Northern Alabama could stay stuck in the 30s for highs on Saturday. Central Alabama will be in the upper 30s and 40s and southern Alabama in the upper 40s to 50s.
Here is the high temperature forecast for Saturday:
Then the bottom will really fall from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. Lows will be in the 20s – low 20s – in northern and central Alabama and areas down to southern Alabama could fall below zero.
The Weather Service said frost and freeze watches or warnings may be needed for parts of Alabama over the weekend.
Here are the low temperatures forecast for Saturday evening through Sunday morning:
However, temperatures are expected to rebound fairly quickly. Sunday’s highs will move back into the 50s and 60s in Alabama, and warmer weather is expected next week.