The freezing rain and sleet has not yet reached northern Jefferson County, but it's very close — close enough for the National Weather Service to extend its winter storm warning southward into the county.
As of 10 a.m., temperatures from Warrior to Pinson to Fultondale were hovering just above the freezing point. In Walker County, sleet has already started to accumulate. And in the northern part of the state, as much as one inch of sleet and freezing rain has fallen, and many road are declared impassable by emergency management agencies.
Forecasters believe that the changeover to freezing rain will happen locally in the next couple of hours.
"There is a real battle going on over the middle of Central Alabama for control of the ground temperatures," meteorologist Keith Golden wrote on his "Around the Corner Weather Page" on Facebook. "And we are literally sitting right at or just above the freezing line in most places, so do not take it for granted that just because it didn't sleet or snow at your location that the roads must be good. Only time through the late morning hours will tell the tale."
(Golden works from his home in the Corner-Bagley area.)
The winter storm warning is in effect until 3 p.m.
Aside from today's school closings, UAB has also announced that it will shut down today at 11 a.m.