First, we have to know what we're expecting for Tuesday, January 29th. We can expect snow across the north Alabama and south Tennessee area. Monday night an Arctic front is supposed to move in with snow fall totaling 1 to 3 inches with the higher number coming in the higher elevated areas. The speed of the front will dictate how much snow we get. A slow moving front leads to more snow but we're expecting it to be a fast moving front which will limit the snow fall.
After the front pushes through, very cold air comes in keeping all of Tuesday below freezing before rising above 32 degrees sometime during the day on Wednesday. Expect snow and ice to affect roadways all the way through Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
Tips courtesy of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency:
With a mix of wintry precipitation forecasted this week in Alabama, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) encourages motorists who must drive to use extreme caution and to expect roadways to be icy.
ALEA offers the following traffic safety tips for those who must travel under potentially hazardous conditions:
· Monitor local news for information on weather conditions and travel advisories, and check road conditions (available at alea.gov under “News & Alerts.”
- Report traffic crashes or other emergencies by calling 911.
· Remain alert for emergency vehicles, and remember to obey Alabama’s “move over” law, which includes emergency vehicles.
· Keep vehicles in good operating condition. Check antifreeze levels and use windshield washer solution suitable for freezing weather conditions. Keep gas tanks at least half full.
· Remember weather and roadway conditions may quickly change. Adapt speeds to existing roadway conditions, and be alert to changing weather and the possibility of icy, slippery roads.
· Turn on headlights and windshield wipers, and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles during inclement weather.
· Pay particular attention to bridges and overpasses, which have a tendency to develop hazardous “black ice.”
· Keep blankets, first aid kit, charged cell phone and other emergency supplies in your vehicle.
Motorists are encouraged to monitor local news for information on weather conditions and travel advisories and to contact trooper posts only to report traffic crashes or other emergencies.
One MAJOR tip left out of that list, while walking on ice be sure to walk like a penguin! This will dramatically cut down on slipping and head busting.
Of course don't forget to keep the pipes dripping so they don't burst.