Artic Blast

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Keep those heavy coats and mittens handy. Alabama will experience an Arctic blast across the state this weekend.

A winter storm watch is in effect tonight for Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson counties and several Tennessee counties on the Alabama line.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Huntsville say snow is possible tonight and tomorrow (Saturday) across the Tennessee Valley region. A powerful cold front is expected to bring rain to north Alabama then changed into snow. Forecasters say some accumulation is possible -- anywhere from one-to-three inches.

Forecasters in Birmingham and Mobile say the powerful Arctic clipper will also bring windy and colder weather to central and southwest Alabama and descend into northwest Florida.

Remember, when preparing for severe cold, don't forget the four Ps -- check on people and protect pets, plants and pipes.

Alabamians are also urged to keep space heaters at least three feet from anything than can burn and make sure fireplaces are checked and cleaned.