Shelby County sees up to half-inch of snow

Published 12:42 pm Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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By SCOTT MIMS / Staff Writer 

CALERA — It is perhaps the best-case scenario for snow-loving Southerners—Shelby County residents woke up to a picture-perfect dusting of snow covering their yards Tuesday morning, Feb. 16.

Flurries began moving into the area Monday night, resulting in visible accumulation by early Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service in Birmingham reported up to a half-inch maximum across the area.

“We expect that activity to begin to taper off really late this morning across the western counties and then farther southeast as we get toward noon today,” said Meteorologist Jason Holmes on Tuesday morning. “It makes for a very nice picture this morning as people wake up and look out their windows. This is very fluffy and dry so when the wind blows we’re watching it blow around.”

Holmes said even though the snow is not very sticky, it can contribute to slick spots by concealing icy patches on the road. He suggested that residents avoid travel as much as possible.

“Temperatures are still very cold. They are still in the teens to low 20s across the area,” he said. “The air mass coming through overnight into today is very dry, so what’s happening is it’s wringing out the moisture, if you will.”

An NWS winter weather advisory was expected to remain in effect until noon Tuesday.

Holmes said the current active pattern has the potential to bring another system through the area, but “nothing like what we’ve seen.” However, portions of northwestern Alabama could see more winter weather, he added.

“Down here it looks to be rain showers,” Holmes said.