The dreaded 'S' word is in the weekend forecast. National Weather Service meteorologists say the northern third of Alabama, from Birmingham to the Tennessee Valley region, might see a light snowfall on Sunday.
Another arctic front will sweep through Alabama sending temperatures plummeting. The system could trigger snow flurries, but forecasters say they expect little or no accumulations.
In southern counties, there's a chance of showers.
Strong, gusty northerly winds will accompany the front. Keep the firewood and longjohns handy Sunday night and Monday because wind chill values could hover in the one-to-five degree range.
The Alabama Department of Transportation is prepared; a DOT engineer said trucks will be loaded with sand in each county office in case they're needed.