Winter Storm Re-Cap in Alabama
What happened? The day before the temperature was 60 which warmed the ground. Then very cold, dry air came in so snow started falling above the surface and didn't take as long as expected for the atmosphere to moisten up. It came down on that warm ground which caused melting, then the temperature dropped refreezing that melted snow and quickly created very slick conditions underneath. The roads were very hazardous for that reason. Driving in snow isn't all that tough to do, it's when you have a coating of ice underneath that creates the situation that we experienced. On top you've got many people who aren't used to driving in those conditions and if you're car has rear wheel drive, it's a struggle to get needed traction. Then the timing was another huge factor-middle of the day, no one was expecting it and everyone tried to get home at the same time.