A note from Opelika City Officials this morning. Chief Mangham cautions everyone to use extreme caution when driving today and tonight – especially over bridges after dark! There is no way to predict which bridges will “freeze over” because of the wind chill factor. We DO know that the snow, which is expected this afternoon, will be a “wet snow”, making conditions ripe for pockets of ice to form on road areas where wind chills will be a factor.
The Local Emergency Management office adds this: There has been a change in the forecast for our area. The National Weather Service reported heavy snow falling in parts of East Mississippi and moving into West Alabama now. This system will continue to move across Alabama throughout the day, arriving in the Lee County area sometime this after noon. The snow will be a wet snow and may create slushy road conditions. The temperature should remain above freezing during the daylight hours but will fall just below freezing over night. Winds will gust to 25 miles per hour throughout the day but decrease over the evening hours. This may cause black ice to form on bridges and lesser traveled roadways. We will continue to monitor this developing Winter weather situation