Snow is expected to descend on Cullman County by noon today, continuing into the early evening.
As nightfall arrives, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing and create treacherous driving conditions on roads throughout the area, said Phyllis Little, director of the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency.
“We are already getting reports of ice forming on roads in the northwest area of the county, especially in higher elevations. The temperatures during the daylight hours are expected to hover around 32 to 34 degrees, which will help the conditions on many of main-traveled roads,” Little said.
Nonetheless, some areas are causing concerns even before the arrival of the worst of the winter weather. The new bridge on County Road 1036 near Jones Chapel already has icy patches. Area law enforcement officials have also been at the scene of several minor accidents related to road conditions.
The National Weather Service has predicted snow and sleet this morning, turning to all snow after noon. Winds is whipping in from the northwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour.
Daytime accumulation of snow is expected to be 2-4 inches. By tonight, the system bringing the snow should depart and leave clear skies with a low around 26.
Friday is expected to be sunny with the high eventually climbing to 48 degrees.
Wallace State Community College will close at 12:15 p.m. today. County schools, which start two hours later this morning, are expected to release early. Superintendent Billy Coleman said an announcement would be made soon.
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