Winter Storm Watch for Rowan

Winter storm warnings cover parts of Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas ahead of a storm system that threatens to bring a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow to the South over the weekend.

For Central Alabama, it will be mostly freezing rain this morning due to a warm nose of air aloft.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 13.

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow...which is in effect from 1 AM to 11 AM EST Friday. By Thursday night, snow is expected to increase and spread into the southern Plains in areas of the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma and Arkansas, and by Friday the storm will continue to move east dumping freezing rain or sleet in areas of MS through central Alabama.

The most recent instance of measurable snow was December 21-22, 1990, when 0.4 inches were recorded in the city. Residents in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions can expect the frigid conditions to persist through Monday before temperatures begin to moderate in the middle of the week.

Wind chill advisories have also been issued across the region as temperatures are forecast to fall well below freezing and wind chills could drop to 5 to 15 degrees below zero.

This is the third winter that GDOT has had the equipment to pre-treat the highways, after the state was caught by surprise in January 2014 and many drivers were stranded on icy roads by a winter storm. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Areas in the Texas panhandle into Oklahoma and western Arkansas may receive an inch of snow.

The weather service reports that flooding from ice jams in rivers and rain hitting frozen ground could occur this week in East Idaho.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for tonight into early Saturday for areas mainly north and northwest of Columbus.

Benton County's alert has been upgraded to a winter storm watch, and North-Central Washington is under a hazardous weather outlook.

Charlotte last saw a 3-inch or greater snow event about a year ago when a total of 3.3 inches fell January 22-23, 2016.

By the time it's all said and done later this weekend, the storm will have brought at least minor snow or ice impacts to more than two dozen states from coast-to-coast.

If you are traveling, several inches of snow are expected around Richmond, through southern Virginia and into the Carolinas.

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