Dusting of snow possible tonight; ALDOT encourages caution

Graphic from the U.S. National Weather Service in Huntsville

CULLMAN, Ala.According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm system may bring a mixture of light wintry precipitation or snow to the area starting late tonight. A dusting of snow is possible by daybreak Monday morning, primarily over northwest Alabama.

As this winter system moves eastward across the Gulf Coast, some light snowfall accumulations less than one-half inch are possible Monday, especially west of Interstate 65.

Any wintry precipitation will quickly taper off across northeast Alabama by Monday evening. Black ice will then be possible Monday night, as lingering moisture refreezes on some roads and overpasses.

North Alabama and southern middle Tennessee counties impacted include Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin (Alabama), Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Cullman, Moore, Lincoln and Franklin (Alabama).

Traffic advisory:

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) advises motorists to expect snowfall early Monday that could result in accumulation around half an inch, primarily in parts of northwest and west-central Alabama.

While ALDOT is hard at work pretreating lanes of interstates and other primary highways in the areas forecasted to be affected, potentially hazardous conditions may exist on some roadways during and after the anticipated winter weather event. ALDOT will continue to monitor conditions and treat highways and bridges as needed during and after the event.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution while driving, check road conditions before departing, allow for increased travel times, and adjust arrival and departure times accordingly. Motorists needing information on road conditions in Alabama should look to local news media and visit ALGOtraffic.com or download the ALGO Traffic app available online in the Apple App Store and on Google Play, as well as following ALGOtraffic on Twitter.

Motorists should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle. Appropriate driving speeds are determined by the road conditions, which on wet or icy roads should be slower than the posted speed limit. Motorists should slow down and move over if possible when approaching ALDOT and other highway maintenance personnel and emergency vehicles at work. Drivers should stay in lanes that have been treated or cleared, as attempting to pass in uncleared lanes may lead to crashes and blocked roadways.

The public is encouraged to check with their local county or municipality for conditions on county and local roadways. It’s also important to stay weather-aware by monitoring the news and the National Weather Service in your area for the latest weather information.