Wintry weather still in forecast

Published 8:35 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It’s still early but the National Weather Service in Birmingham said confidence is increasing in a possible winter weather event this weekend for central Alabama.

That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see snow in Selma this weekend, or even freezing rain or sleet, but it does mean there’s a real possibility that some kind of wintry mix occurs in Dallas County Friday and Saturday.

“It’s really too early to pinpoint the exact area or amount or precept type but the confidence is increasing in a winter weather event across Central Alabama,” said Gary Goggins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham. “It could be fairly widespread as well.”

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Goggins said the National Weather Service will have more specifics as the event gets closer. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s this weekend, with a low forecast for 28 degrees in Selma Saturday morning. Goggins said on Sunday morning the temperature could be even cooler, depending on the amount of precipitation the area sees.

“At least the next couple of days, we will be able to hone in on specific areas and also impact because if this is what is being advertised so far, it could be some wide impacts as well, significant impacts because temperatures will be cold enough to have this stuff stick around quite a while,” he said.

This past weekend was a wet one around the state. The National Weather Service posted an update on rainfall amounts Monday morning, which estimated that Selma and Dallas County received between 2-5 inches of rain.

Goggins said all of the rain has improved drought conditions around the state.

“It has certainly improved the drought,” he said. ”It has not been a drought buster, but it is definitely going to improve the drought. We should see some good improvement in the drought monitor coming up over the next couple of weeks. We were able to get generally 5 to 8 inches generally south of U.S. 80 and I-85 over the last two or three days. It’ll certainly improve there.”