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Cullman Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little said confidence in the prediction model is still relatively low, but that should begin to change by today's weather service briefing at 1:30 p.m.

Forecasters say watch for rain, snow, and sleet before 1a.m. Saturday, then occasional snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain overnight tonight before turning to snow by daybreak Saturday.

WCPO in Cincinnati said that road conditions are expected to go downhill late (Friday) afternoon into the evening, and predicted slightly heavier snow than some other forecasts. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, and ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch are expected. Low pressure is expected to develop along the front and enhance the precipitation across northeast OH and northwest PA.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam closed state offices Friday in West and Middle Tennessee due to the winter weather. Temperatures are expected to remain freezing until Sunday across the region.

Friday morning will be the mildest part of the day as temperatures fall through the 40s with rain showers. The original forecast of 3 to 6 inches of snow will hold. Northwest winds will gust as high as 25 to 35 miles per hour this morning, which may blow and drift the fluffier top layer of snow while causing reduced visibilities. Temperatures are near the freezing mark.

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The Mon Parking Wharf was closed early in the afternoon Friday because of the record rainfall and melting snow. A Storm 5 Alert has been issued for that time period.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS... Temperatures will fall into the teens Friday night. The sleety, freezing mess will aice up roads and cause travel disruptions along I-95 as well. "But the later they can come in the more it will allow that to happen".

It appears sleet will be the main precipitation type in the wintry mix. Appropriate caution is required by those who do venture out, particularly during the early hours of this snow and ice event.

As the system moved across Texas Wednesday, it brought winds near hurricane force, kicking up a major dust storm that sent dirt, debris and tumbleweeds flying.


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