North Alabama residents woke up to more than two inches of snow Monday morning, with some locations receiving as many as six inches according to the National Weather Service’s official analysis.
The January 2 snow storm was a surprise for many after temperatures nearly reached the 80s on New Year’s Day, bringing in a weather system that resulted in several small tornadoes across North Alabama. The cold front that came in Sunday evening caused temperatures to plummet across the region, and the next couple weeks are looking chilly for Huntsville and the surrounding communities.
Below, check out photos of four of our favorite Huntsville spots covered in a blanket of snow.
1. Downtown Huntsville
Travel was not heavily impacted, but many businesses were closed or delayed Monday, resulting in near-empty roads throughout the day. Huntsville City Schools, Madison City Schools and Madison County Schools remained closed Monday and were delayed Tuesday morning after below-freezing overnight temperatures caused potentially dangerous road conditions.
Amy Lemley Bailey shared several photos of historic downtown Huntsville on her Instagram account, @myscoop.
2. Huntsville Botanical Garden
At the Huntsville Botanical Garden, gates opened late Tuesday morning to allow maintenance crews to clear up debris from fallen trees. Huntsville locals are invited to take the opportunity to see the gardens before the snow melts away later this week.
3. Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Lowe Mill, a century-old textile mill that has been repurposed into an arts facility, is seen covered in several inches of snow.
4. U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The rapid cool-down made for snow that stuck through the day Monday, as evidenced by the snow-covered attractions at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Temperatures are expected to remain chilly all week, with highs barely reaching out of the 50s in Huntsville this weekend. Rollercoaster weather is nothing new in North Alabama, especially in the winter, but temps in the 20s have been a rude awakening after an unseasonably warm Christmas season.
Make sure you’re keeping up with the Bama Buzz for more updates about all things local this winter season.