Tuscaloosa is now under a WINTER STORM WATCH beginning Friday at 6am.  Listen to today Wild Bill Show for updates every hour and also snowman building tips too!

"Living in Alabama ya learn how to build big snowmen using the 1/4 inch of snow we get mixed with lots of mud and I'm ready for this event" says Wild Bill.  Here's the latest from the NWS for West Alabama....

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING.

* EVENT...A STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP WITH POTENTIAL
WINTER WEATHER IMPACTS.

* TIMING...FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

* LOCATION...LARGEST IMPACTS WILL BE POSSIBLE, MAINLY BETWEEN THE
I59 AND I20 CORRIDORS IN THE WATCH AREA. SOME SLEET IMPACTS ARE
POSSIBLE AS FAR SOUTH AS THE I85 CORRIDOR.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH
ZONES FROM THE BIRMINGHAM METRO AREA, EAST AND NORTHEAST. LESS
THAN 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN OTHER OUTLYING AREAS TO THE WEST
AND NORTHWEST OF THE METRO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Check out James Spann tomorrow at 7:30am with the Steve Shannon Morning Show!

Here are more notes from my pre-show meeting with Don Hartley...

Don Hartley/Wild Bill Winter Weather Briefing:

  • Confidence in winter weather event is increasing.
  • Event will move in quicker than expected with snow flurries moving into West Alabama around 07:00 AM Friday morning. Event should be over by noon Saturday.
  • Temperatures are trending colder than originally predicted. This could lead to higher impacts.
  • Any accumulations will likely be snow or sleet. Freezing rain probability is low. Still too early to predict accumulation depth or direct impact.
  • Anny accumulations will have early impact on roads, bridges, overpasses and elevated roadways creating hazardous driving conditions.
  • A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will likely be issued across the Northern half of Alabama running from just south of Demopolis to near Selma to Clanton and to Alexander City.
  • Wind Chills will be in the lows 20s to upper teens Friday through Saturday.