National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Montgomery County on January 17, 2018
Precipitation Types Health Hazards Past Events
Products & Criteria Safety & Preparedness Additional Info

As we all know, Central Alabama is no stranger to significant winter weather impacts. While these types of events may not occur frequently here in the South, it's good to be prepared for them. This page highlights some basic winter weather safety and preparedness tips to help you safely navigate through the cold season.


Central Alabama Snowfall Statistics

 Annual Probability of a 2+" Snow Event  Annual Probability of Snow (%)  Recurrence Intervals (Years)

Precipitation Types

 Precipitation Types

Winter Weather Products

The following graphics depict local winter weather products and criteria for all counties in Central Alabama served by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama.

Winter Weather Products Wind Chill Hard Freeze

Health Hazards

Did you know that prolonged exposure to the cold can become life-threatening? Frostbite and hypothermia are both serious health conditions, and hypothermia can be fatal.

Frostbite - damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold. A wind chill of -20°F will cause frostbite in 30 minutes or less!

  • Signs: A loss of feeling and a white/pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose.
  • Action: Get medical help immediately! If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm affected areas. However, if the person is also showing signs of hypothermia, warm the body core before the extremities.

Hypothermia - An abnormally low body temperature (<95°F). It can kill!

  • Signs: Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.
  • Action: Seek medical help immediately if the person's body temperature is below 95°F! If medical care is not available, warm the person slowly, starting with the body core.

Safety & Preparedness

Although it may not happen frequently, Central Alabama does see significant impacts from winter weather. NOW is the time to prepare and finalize your winter preparedness plans. Make sure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it. Make sure you have a means of receiving winter weather information, and be prepared in case you have no way to travel. Injuries and deaths due to winter weather can be prevented through proper winter safety measures

The following graphics cover important safety and preparedness information, whether you are at home or traveling.

Safety Tips Travel Safety Kit Winter Safety for Pets
Forecast Challenges Travel Safety Dressing for Cold Weather
Pet Safety Wind Chill Measuring Snow
Heating Safety 5 Things to Know  

Additional Information

Additional information is available through the following brochures and links: