01/05/2017 12:21:54 PM Elmore County is currently under a Winter Storm Watch issued by the NWS beginning at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow and ending at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. This Winter Storm Watch may be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning as early as this afternoon for counties to our north. Elmore County may be included in the Warning as well but that is not certain at this time.
According to NWS Office in Birmingham, Elmore County will begin to see rain Friday morning as early as 6:00 a.m. and be area wide by 12:00 noon. The NWS believes at this time that this rain may change over to a rain/snow/sleet/freezing rain mix by noon to 3:00 p.m. The NWS was very clear in that our area of the state Dallas, Autauga, Elmore and Tallapoosa counties could see more issues with regards sleet/freezing rain/snow mix when this transition begins to occur through the afternoon hours through midnight tomorrow night. The precipitation should then begin to come to an end by 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures for Elmore County will remain cold through the weekend. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be in the mid to upper 20’s. The temperature around noon Saturday will be in the low to mid 30’s with a high Saturday in the high 30’s. Low temperatures Sunday will be in the low 20’s and the high temperature Sunday afternoon will be around 40. Wind chills will remain in the teens and twenties all weekend beginning tomorrow night.
Whether Elmore County receives more snow or a mix (snow/sleet/freezing rain) will determine how travel conditions and power infrastructure may be impacted. Below are a couple of graphics provided by the NWS that outline the potential winter weather hazards.
We will continue to monitor and post updates now throughout the event as updates are available. Please watch our website at www.elmorecoema.com and social media post for all updates regarding updated weather information, road closures, and other hazards, etc.