Storm could bring icy precipitation to Selma

Published 10:19 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015

Freezing rain and sleet is possible for parts of Central Alabama on Sunday night and Monday, according to The National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Current weather models do not show snow on the horizon, but Kristina Sumrall with the weather service said there is plenty of other precipitation headed this direction.

“Monday probably 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., we are going to be looking for rain, freezing rain and sleet,” Sumrall said. “[It’ll] kind of be a mixture of everything, particularly in the morning more of the freezing precipitation. [It] will probably transition to all rain in the late afternoon as the temperatures warm up slightly.”

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She did warn that forecasts change, so at this point anything is still possible.

“These lines are very fluid, so it is not an absolute that you are going to see one form of precipitation or another,” Sumrall said.

With temperatures expected to be at or near freezing most of Monday, Sumrall said the NWS is recommending people stay off the roads if they can.

“With freezing rain, one of the largest hazards is the slip conditions on roads,” Sumrall said. “We advise people to stay off the roads if at all possible.”

Sumrall said for those who do have to drive, pay attention to what the temperatures are.

If temperatures are above freezing, she said for the most part roads will mostly be wet.

“When the temperature gets down to 32 degrees, even a tiny bit of ice can cause big problems,” Sumrall said.

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