Residents in much of northern and central Alabama are digging out this morning after a winter storm dumped a substantial amount of snow on the region.
Roads are impassable in more than ten Alabama counties. The heaviest snow fell north of Birmingham – forecasters say some areas received upwards of ten inches of snow accumulation.
Paige Colburn is the emergency management officer for the Huntsville – Madison County EMA. She says they’re hoping to avoid a repeat of last Friday, when stuck and abandoned cars caused major problems for emergency crews.
The remnants of Hurricane Isaac are still causing problems in Alabama.
The National Weather Service says storms caused as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of west Alabama early Tuesday, and another 1 or 2 inches of rain was possible.
Forecasters issued flash flood warnings because runoff from the downpours could cause flooding in areas including Brent, Centreville and parts of Tuscaloosa. Areas of Dallas and Lowndes counties were under flash flood warnings in central Alabama.
Forecasters say more storms are headed toward Alabama, but still more rain is needed to break a worsening drought.
The National Weather Service says there's a good chance of precipitation statewide on Thursday. The Tennessee Valley counties in north Alabama could get 1 or 2 inches of rain with gusty winds, and high temperatures will top out around 80 degrees.
There's an 80 percent chance of rain in central Alabama, and a 60 percent chance on the coast.