Localized gusty winds are possible and could produce blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility.
Regardless of the amount of snowfall, however, driving conditions will be poor today as freezing rain and sleet is forecast for the afternoon.
NEXT WEEK: Monday brings more cold and quiet conditions. Lows in the single digits to highs near 20 degrees. The day will start with 20s and then we'll top out in the lower and middle 40s.
Roads could become hazardous in the Shoals by 9 a.m., Metro by 11 a.m., NE Alabama by 1 p.m.
Wednesday's high in Madison was 50 at 11:59 p.m., 24 degrees above the normal high and 3 degrees below the record high of 53 for January 10, set in 1975.
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"I think by the time the sun comes up ... we'll see a change over from rain to freezing rain and possibly mixed in with sleet", Johnson said.
Winds will pick up, with gusts of more than 30 miles per hour Saturday. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
A total ice accumulation of several hundredths of an inch is possible, according to the weather service.
We may be enjoying a "heat wave" in central in right now, but it'll be short-lived as the next winter system makes its way into the area with the potential to drop several inches of snow along its path.
Tonight - Snow. Low around 16. Wind chill values are expected to occasionally fall to zero to minus-15 degrees. High near 44. North wind 9 to 14 miles per hour. More accumulating snow will be likely on MLK day. South wind 5 to 8 miles per hour. No possible accumulation figures were given. Mostly cloudy skies will still stick around, however, and temperatures will once again hit the teens. Cloudy, with a high near 24. Most of the precipitation will turn over to snow showers by 8 a.m. EST.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 18.