Winter Weather Advisory for all counties except Jones and Clarke (AL) through the afternoon hours.
Temperatures have been dropping through the early morning hours with rain changing to freezing rain for locations along the Highway 82 corridor and far northern parts of the viewing area. The coldest air has been slowly oozing southward, so as a result, most of us are still above freezing as of 7am. Temperatures will continue to steadily fall, but the timing of the cold air with the precipitation will keep us from seeing significant ice accumulations. Small adjustments have been made to the forecast in that no one should now see more than a tenth of an inch of ice with most of us seeing barely measurable accumulation. The only impacts are expected to be a few slick spots on roads, mostly on bridges and overpasses.
The slower arrival of the cold air is not surprising as that has been one of the concerns with seeing ice accumulation, and arctic air tends to travel no faster than an ooze due to its density. Nevertheless, the cold air is coming, and will be impacting all of us by the end of the day.
Wind Chill Advisories have been posted for all counties except Pickens, Greene, Hale, Sumter, and Marengo tonight as we see air temperatures drop into the 20s to 10s with wind chills getting into the single digits. Far northern counties could see wind chills get to or just below 0 briefly tonight.
Once temperatures fall below freezing today, they will not get back above freezing until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest. The long duration of subfreezing temperatures will cause unprotected pipes to freeze, produce health issues for outdoor pets, and be dangerous on those unable to stay sufficiently warm. Be sure to protect the four P's as we ring in 2018: pets, plants, pipes, and people.