Winter storm warning issued for Shelby CountyPublished 11:51am Thursday, January 17, 2013
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A winter storm warning, a hazardous weather outlook and a wind advisory have been issued for Shelby County from the National Weather Service.
The winter storm warning includes Hoover, Columbiana, Pelham and Alabaster, as well as cities in 21 other central Alabama counties. The warning began about 5 a.m. Jan. 17, and will remain in effect until 7 p.m.
Snow accumulations from 1-4 inches are expected in the affected areas, according to the National Weather Service website.
The hazardous weather outlook stated the snowy conditions will spread eastward through the afternoon and evening hours.
“Snowfall could be heavy at times … reducing visibility to under one mile, and roads may become temporarily slushy,” the website stated.
Winds will continue to increase and could reach sustained seeps of 15-25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 36 miles per hour.
The wind advisory will remain in effect from noon to 8 p.m.