Moderate Sleet Hits Mobile, BaldwinJanuary 28th, 2014 at 4:15 pm by Jason Smith under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather
Places along I-10 are seeing significant sleet accumulations. Most of the snow should be in the inland spots, but some areas closer to the coast could see snow mix in later tonight. NWS Mobile is predicting 2” of sleet/snow for Mobile tonight. Travel is not recommended. Temperatures are below freezing and will only get colder as the evening progresses.
A Winter Storm Warning is up for our entire area through Wednesday morning.. Temperatures are well below freezing along I-10 in Mobile and Baldwin counties as of this evening. Warm moist air is riding up and over the cold air in the mid levels of the atmosphere, increasing the chances for mixed precipitation. Many areas will have to deal with sleet and freezing rain for a good portion of this event. Some inland spots will gradually transition to snow. Here is an in-depth look at the forecast:
Cold air will continue to advance into the area Tuesday tonight. Some areas from Pascagoula to Mobile to Bay Minette will see all sleet, while inland areas will see a good likelihood of snow. Coastal areas and the Panhandle will see freezing rain and sleet only. Areas like Mobile may see a brief transition to all snow by later tonight. Most of the precipitation should be ending by 3am, with the exception of the Florida Panhandle. Travel is expected to be very dangerous in most locations Tuesday night. Total ice accumulations could be greater than 1/2” in some areas. Inland spots could see 1”-3” accumulations of sleet and snow. Temperatures will drop into the upper teens by early Wednesday morning.
The precipitation should be over by Wednesday. Partly sunny skies and temps in the mid 30’s, should allow the road situation to improve somewhat during the day. Refreezing and black ice formation could be a big issue again Wednesday night as temperatures drop into the teens. A hard freeze is likely Wednesday night. Everything should be gone by Thursday as temps rise into the 50 degree range. The long range forecast for the weekend looks very mild.