Winter Storm Uri is shaping up to become a powerful winter storm. It is forecasted to bring snow to parts of the south and ice into early next week. Then it will progress to the Midwest and East. According to the Weather Channel, “this winter storm will bring considerably worse weather conditions than what we saw early Thursday morning, which resulted in a pileup of more than 130 vehicles and at least six deaths.”

Click here for the details on the Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service until 10 am (Saturday, February 13, 2021). It covers Blount, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Walker, and Winston counties.

James Spann, ABC 33/40 and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist, noted his thoughts: “MONDAY/MONDAY NIGHT: A much higher impact event is likely as the major storm system approaches. Freezing rain (with some sleet possible as well) will bring the potential for significant ice accumulation to parts of North and West Alabama.”

“The greatest threat is along and west of a line from Livingston to Northport to Cullman to Scottsboro. Some areas in this area could see up to a quarter-inch of ice, which will bring major travel impact, and also the threat for some power outages.”

Here is my personal message, whatever you don’t be caught off guard by ice. For me, I don’t drive or walk on ice. I don’t even like to look at it. I just know the result of ice, and it is dangerous for even the most skilled driver. Just remember that the difference in you seeing ice vs. rain is dependent on the difference in a few temperature degrees.

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James Spann reminds us that “if you are in that part of North and West Alabama where significant ice accumulation is expected Monday and Monday night, you have the weekend to prepare. We are not expecting this to be an “historic” ice storm by any means, but just understand travel could become difficult, if not impossible, for a day or so, and your power could be out for a while with sub-freezing temperatures.”

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