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Heavy precipitation for parts of the Pacific Northwest

Moisture will continue to stream into the Pacific Northwest for the next several days. Heavy rain will continue along the coast, while heavy snow will impact the highest elevations of the Cascades. In the northern Plains and Upper Great Lakes, more arctic air will bring periods of snow, blustery winds and cold wind chills. Light snow is also possible in New England and the Ohio Valley. Read More >

  

Ice at the Capitol in Tallahassee January 28, 2014. Images courtesy of Alex Lamers.  ‚Äč

Winter Weather Awareness Week

November 12-17, 2017

 

The National Weather Service in partnership with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency will observe Alabama Winter Weather Awareness Week during the week of November 12-17, 2017 to highlight winter weather hazards. While ice and snow are rare in southern Alabama, southern Georgia and the Florida panhandle, winter weather can have significant impacts in our area. 

 

Precipitation Types

The graphics below show how different types of winter precipitation form and what they look like. We always appreciate your reports of winter weather!

   

 

Winter Weather Products

Below is a graphic of the winter weather products and criteria for all our counties in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend served by NWS Tallahassee. 

    

 

Extreme Cold and Health Hazards

Although our region doesn't often get the same level of extreme cold as areas to our north, our lakes and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico can get cold enough in the winter to pose danger to swimmers and surfers. Hypothermia is a serious health hazard that occurs when your body temperature sinks below 96ºF, and can happen in water temperatures up to 60°F. To reduce your risk of hypothermia, cover exposed skin during conditions, especially when doing activities in the water. Wind chill values can fall below zero at times in our area, which can result in frostbite on exposed skin in an hour. 

 

       

 

Safety and Preparedness

While we don't often have winter precipitation events, when we do the impacts can be significant. Similar to hurricane season, make sure you have a safety kit ready, both at home and in your car. Some things to include in your kit: non-perishable food and can opener, bottled water, first aid kit, prescription medicine, hygiene items, NOAA Weather Radio, spare batteries, flashlight, extra clothes and blankets. Additional items to keep in your car: flares, ice scraper, tow rope, cell phone charger and jumper cables. Below are additional driving safety tips. 

       

 

Don't forget about your pets! Outdoor pets can be very vulnerable to the cold, check out more information below. 

 

        

 

Past Events

Here are some winter weather events from our service area:

Ice Storm of January 2014: A very rare ice storm occurred across much of the forecast area with ice being reported all the way to the Gulf Coast! The event resulted in the closing of area schools as well as many bridges and overpasses and even a long stretch of Interstate 10. 

Ice Storm of January 2011: A rare ice storm occurred across the northern portions of the NWS Tallahassee forecast area. The ice mainly accumulated on trees, power lines and cars. Isolated reports of icy roads were also received, mainly bridges and overpasses. A few locations saw sufficient ice accumulation to bring down power lines. 

Heavy Snow in February 2010: A rare accumulating snow occurred across the northern half of the Tallahassee County Warning Area. Some areas saw heavy snow accumulations in excess of 4 inches. Accumulating snow occurred as far south as the Florida Panhandle and the southern tier of counties in south Georgia. After this storm pulled away, 49 of the 50 states has snow on the ground at the same time, Hawaii being the only exception. 

 

Additional Information

NWS Winter Weather Webpage

Alabama Road Conditions

Florida Road Conditions and Webcams

Georgia Road Conditions and Webcams

NWS WPC Winter Weather Outlooks and Forecasts

NOAA Snow and Ice Products

#WinterSafety Weather Ready Nation Campaign

Wind Chill Calculator

Additional NWS Winter Weather Awareness Pages for the state of Alabama:

NWS Birmingham

NWS Huntsville

NWS Mobile