From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Tribune coverage area was blanketed in snow on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, and the National Weather Service in Birmingham was monitoring the winter weather for issues expected into Wednesday.
Grayson Valley accumulated .3 inches of dry, fluffy snow, while 1 inch was reported in Blount County. West Alabama saw more accumulation. There were 2 inches in Walker County, according to the National Weather Service. Pickens County Emergency Management reported an ice storm Tuesday morning that brought about power outages, trees coated in ice, and roads coated in ice from freezing rain and sleet.
As clouds decreased, much of the snow disappeared but the ice threat continued. Temperatures were low and were expected to remain below freezing into Wednesday. For Tuesday night, conditions will be dry but wind chill values could be into the single digits across central Alabama. More clouds were forecasted for Wednesday morning, ahead of another storm system.
The storm system Wednesday is expected to impact some areas in northwest central Alabama into Thursday with a wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet and rain. Up to a tenth of an inch of freezing rain could accumulate in some areas. Sleet accumulations are expected to be under one-half inch.
Bridges and overpasses remain a top concern for emergency management officials. Drivers are urged to use caution and drive slowly on slippery roadways.