We've had a few reports of sleet Thursday afternoon, but it has been mainly rain so far in the forecast. Most communities are in the mid 40s.
This includes areas from Louisiana to parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Temperatures will warm up to the lower 60s in the afternoon. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon Friday.
However, the majority of the region will see a cold rain.
Most likely, there will be a 30- to 40-mile-wide strip of heavier snow, and trying to identify that far in advance is very hard to do. Best spot to see minor accumulations of snow will be along I-20 and I-85 in North Georgia. Some areas will not have any snow accumulation at all.
Our Thursday will be a cloudy and cold day with periods of rain. We will have some light freezes on the Northshore with lows in the lower 30s, and we will have some frost on the Southshore with lows in the upper 30s.
Thus, Friday night into Saturday morning all of Acadiana could see freezing temperatures. It will take a lot to get the soil temperatures low enough to cause accumulations. Watch out for that first thing Friday morning.
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REMEMBER: With nearly every winter weather event in Alabama, there is a surprise or two.
The forecast could change as the weather system develops. During the January 2014 snow event, temperatures were in the 17- to 21-degree range when the snow was falling, and the ice accretion process on roads is radically different when it is that cold (we all learned the hard way!). Temperatures will claw their way into the middle and upper 40s by the end of the day.
The cold air has arrived in central North Carolina and it is now looking a little more likely that some snow could fall later this week in central North Carolina.
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