January Storm Brings Alabama Its First Major Snow of 2013

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 brought the state of Alabama its first notable snowfall of the season, with some locations seeing three inches of more.

Moisture, cold air, and a strong low pressure system combined to bring Alabama snow last Thursday. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories were issued many hours in advance of the expected event.

After heavy snow fell across Mississippi, including the Jackson area, the snow spread into Alabama just before 7am Thursday Morning. Rain turned to snow from west to east, lasting well into the evening hours before ending that night.

This snow was mainly confined to north and central Alabama, with the Wiregrass seeing no measurable snowfall anywhere in the News 4 viewing area.

Not only did some parts of North Alabama see snow, but they had the rare occurrence of thundersnow as the heaviest band swept through parts of the area.

The heaviest snow was clustered around Birmingham and to the northeast, where totals of 3 to 4 inches were observed. Many communities did see 1 to 3 inches, with a few flurries reported as far south as Montgomery and Troy.

The next day, travel conditions were hazardous in north Alabama, causing accidents and traffic delays until temperatures warmed enough to melt the ice on the dangerous roadways.

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