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February 11, 2014

Sticking around: Additional 4-6 inches of snow possible (WITH VIDEO)

CULLMAN — After getting between 3 and 4 inches of snow Tuesday, the Cullman area could see as much as an additional 6 inches of snow today, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS received reports of 3.3 inches of snow at the downtown Cullman post office Tuesday and estimated 4 inches of snow in West Point.

The additional snowfall overnight is expected to continue through much of Wednesday, adding to the snow that fell yesterday, said Meteorologist Kris White with the NWS Huntsville Office. Much of Tuesday’s snow did not melt with temperatures returning to around freezing overnight after a slight warm up earlier in the day.

“The Cullman area could see anywhere between 4 to 6 more inches beginning Tuesday night,” White said. “That could change though, with a little more or a little less.”

The area will be under a winter storm warning from 6 a.m. Wednesday morning to 6 a.m. Thursday. The warning means significant snow amounts are forecast which will make travel dangerous.

Lingering moisture on roads will likely refreeze into icy patches overnight. New snowfall on top of icy, slick spots will make road conditions hazardous, particularly on bridges, overpasses and sparsely traveled county roads.

Drivers are urged to travel only in an emergency, and if anyone must drive, make sure to bring a flashlight, food and water in case of an emergency.

White attributed this week’s snow to moisture from the Gulf as well as the Atlantic and Pacific oceans moving into the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere. When those conditions are coupled with freezing temperatures in the lower atmospheres, snowfall occurs, he said. The weather is in contrast to last month’s bitterly cold snap when very dry arctic air coming from Canada filtered into all levels of the atmosphere and dropped down across the United States, creating temperatures that were around 30 degrees below normal.

 

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

 

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