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Icicles hang from a fountain in front of Baronís Day spa on Sixth Avenue Southeast in Decatur on Monday. Sub-freezing temperatures turned the fountain into an ice sculpture.
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Icicles hang from a fountain in front of Baron's Day spa on Sixth Avenue Southeast in Decatur on Monday. Sub-freezing temperatures turned the fountain into an ice sculpture.

Snow or sleet?
Forecasters say precipitation
may hit Valley

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2355

A collision of cold air with a storm system could mean wintry precipitation for the Tennessee Valley early Thursday, forecasters said Monday.

Steve Shumway, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Huntsville office, said it's too early to know if the area will actually see snow or sleet, or how much will fall.

Precipitation moving west to east across the area overnight Wednesday should turn to snow sometime Thursday morning, Shumway said.

"It could be messy in the area," Shumway said. "It could start out with sleet, or there could be some sleet mixed in with snow. How much is hard to say, but maybe a half an inch."

Thursday afternoon will warm up, turning any snow or sleet back to rain and washing away any accumulated on the ground, he said.

"I'd make some time to get to work in the morning. If the roads are slick, slow down, allow some extra time. ... I don't think you're going to get that much snow, though," he said.

The possibility for snow is from a dry cold front that will give the area a shot of cold air Tuesday while a storm system developing in the Gulf of Mexico begins traveling northeast, Shumway said.

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