Frigid air meeting Gulf moisture will spread snow and ice across the Deep South, prompting officials from New Orleans to Virginia to ready road crews and close some schools.
Arctic air will slide south to south Georgia. That will bring a mix of precipitation tonight. Highs will be met early near 40 and fall to near 30 just after midnight.
Rain will be likely this afternoon and will transition to Freezing Rain around midnight. A quick change over to sleet and a little snow occurs overnight.
Ice accumulations could amount 1/4" and sleet and snow totals could approach half an inch. Snow totals will be higher north. Up to 1 inch is possible from hwy 82 to hwy 280.
North of hwy 280 2 to 3 inches is possible. All the precipitation should end abruptly Wednesday morning.
Wind chills will start 10-20 degrees and highs will only make it into the middle 30s. The coldest morning will be Thursday morning near 20 degrees.
The warm up then comes as highs will be near 70 by this weekend. Rain chances return Sunday. Though it won't accumulate very much, The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for parts of the Florida Panhandle.
Meteorologist Steve Miller says there could be up to an inch of snow in areas north of Interstate 10 in Escambia and Okaloosa counties. Several hundred Delta Air Lines flights have been canceled ahead of the storm because of sleet and snow.