Winter Storm Hits Gulf CoastJanuary 28th, 2014 at 1:05 pm by Jason Smith under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Uncategorized
Places along I-10 could see significant ice and sleet accumulations. Most of the snow should be in the inland spots. The most dangerous aspect of this event is the chance of freezing rain for our forecast area. This can result in hazardous travel and possible power outages. The models are suggesting a rather quick end to the precipitation event, with most of the sleet/ice falling today and tonight.
A Winter Storm Warning is up for our entire area through Wednesday morning. A strong surface cold front moved through last night, putting the cold air in place for a significant winter weather event. Temperatures are well below freezing along I-10 in Mobile and Baldwin counties as of this afternoon. Warm moist air is riding up and over the cold air, 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:
Sleet and freezing rain are a very likely scenario for places along I-10 on through the evening. Some areas in a line from Lucedale – Citronelle – Bay Minette – Atmore and north of there will see a mix of sleet and some snow as the day progresses. Temperatures south of I-10 may be just close enough to freezing to keep the roads in decent shape until nightfall. However, bridges and overpasses can be especially slick in areas where temperatures are in the upper 20’s or colder.
Cold air will continue to advance into the area this evening. Some areas from Pascagoula to Mobile to Bay Minette will begin to transition to 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 late evening. 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 tonight. 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.