By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
A prolonged stretch of rain could end with the chance of sleet and snow flurries Tuesday morning, according to weather forecasters.
No accumulation of snow or ice is expected, but a mix of rain, sleet and possibly snow could briefly fall in the Cullman area between 7 and 9 a.m. as cooler temperatures push into the Tennessee Valley.
Temperatures will remain at or around freezing in the morning before warming up to the low 40s. Nighttime temperatures will drop below freezing with the low expected to reach the mid-20s.
Freezing rain is expected to begin around midnight in northwest Alabama and then begin to change over to snow around 3 a.m. Northwestern Alabama counties and southern middle Tennessee could see the most accumulation of any snow or ice but no more than a tenth of an inch.
Meterologists are also monitoring the potential for black ice Tuesday night into Wednesday morning due to the threat of plunging temperatures overnight freezing residual moisture of roads and bridges, particularly elevated surfaces like overpasses.
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