Another Winter Storm Brewing for Southeast
Buckle up, Atlanta and Birmingham. A long week of wintry weather could significantly impact your Wednesday and Thursday travel plans.
An area of low pressure currently over the Southwest will move steadily to the east, drawing up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, but with plenty of cold air in place behind another Arctic cold front, temperatures should be cold enough to support wintry precipitation along the northern fringe of the moisture Wednesday and into early Thursday. This could spell trouble for northern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and interior portions of the Carolinas mid-week.
Snow begins from west-to-east on Wednesday afternoon, first in northern Louisiana, then moving fairly swiftly to the east into portions of the Tennessee River valley by Wednesday night. The exact forecast will be tricky – a switch of 20-30 miles in the rain-snow line could determine whether or not cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham or Jackson, Mississippi see rain, snow or even ice. Right now, I-20 looks to be the rough cutoff for the rain-snow line, with Atlanta and Birmingham possibly in line to see as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow. Other cities that could see significant impacts from this winter storm include Huntsville, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Tupelo, Mississippi; Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Wednesday evening and Thursday morning rushes are likely to be severely impacted by this system in the listed cities, with Atlanta and Birmingham possibly staring at several inches of snow on area roadways, particularly for Thursday morning’s commute.
Winter Storm Watches have already been posted for central and northern portions of both Mississippi and Alabama for Wednesday and Thursday.
Some of these areas saw a taste of slick weather earlier on Monday, with a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain affecting far northern Mississippi and Alabama, although the majority of Monday’s impacts were concentrated further west in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.
Further yet, another winter storm could impact the same part of the country this weekend.
We’ll keep you up to date on this system here at weathernationtv.com. Prepare now!
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi