View Full Version : Central Alabama Snow

Steve M
01-21-2008, 01:25 AM

Friday night I was looking at the developing storm in the south and noticed the forecast called for an area in Central Alabama that would receive snow. It was under a heavy snow warning and they were calling for 3-6 inches to fall from around daybreak through the day and tapering off late afternoon. Being on a Saturday I decided to plan a trip for the fam to go see it. I mapped out the area they said would receive the most snow and planned my route to that area. I chose Dadeville, Al as our destination due to it's location in the forecast "box" and it's ease of travel to it. We left our house at 8:00 am and traveled north north west taking us through Albany,GA, then Columbus, GA, and into Alabama. The rain was falling from the time we left the house and never stopped. The temp when we left the house was 50 degrees and as we traveled north the temp was slowly dropping. When we reached Columbus, GA the temp was 37 degrees and by the time we reached Opelika, Al the temp had fallen to 34 degrees and the rain was mixing with snow. From there on in a space of 10 miles we went from mixed to all snow with the temp steady at 32. Visibility was reduced at times to, I would say, an eighth of a mile and the kids were amazed since it was the first time they ever seen the snow fall from the sky, except for movies or tv. We continued on to Dadeville and by the time we reached the town there was already around two inches on the ground. We found a park in town and let the kids play in the snow, all the while it continued to fall. It was a winter wonderland in the deep south. I overheard a man in a convenience store that he had lived there ten years and he hadn't seen snow like that since he lived there. The kids played for about an hour and were soaked and cold so we got them changed and off to McD's for a warm lunch. We then took a ride around the area to take in the sights and around 3:00 pm the snow tapered off to showers then quit. All in all I would say they got 3-4 inches total, enough to make things look beautiful. We decided to go home after looking around and when we got back to Opelika there was hardly any snow and Columbus, Ga saw none. It was a great day, worth the effort.




See them all at this link:

KD Talbot
01-21-2008, 09:58 AM
Great story, Steve! When your kids are your age they'll say, "Remember when dad took us to see our first snow?"" Yes, and I've loved it ever since!"


01-21-2008, 11:10 AM
Wonderful trip. Nice to see the kids took dad out for the day.

Mike D
01-21-2008, 01:37 PM
A warm (so to speak) family story. It will now be necessary to bring them farther and farther north to satisfy their newfound thirst for snow.

Steve M
01-21-2008, 01:53 PM
A warm (so to speak) family story. It will now be necessary to bring them farther and farther north to satisfy their newfound thirst for snow.
Funny you should say that because after the first hour they were complaining that the snow wasn't deep enough.

01-21-2008, 06:49 PM
now they will want to move north

looks like you had fun

Mike D
01-21-2008, 10:01 PM
Yeah, move north where the air is crisp and the snowmen have less leaves.

01-22-2008, 05:23 AM
HAHAHA!!! I was thinking the same thing, that's one dirty snow man....

The only snow we had here in NJ was just before Chirstmas and that was mostly ice, nothing yet. I'm ok with that, I hate having to drive in it.

01-22-2008, 07:30 PM
i say the leaves give it a southern appeal :D

Steve M
01-22-2008, 08:03 PM
It shows that the leaves fall in the south also.

01-24-2008, 06:01 AM
Thanks for the cool pics! My wife and I expect to become snowbirds in the future, perhaps for February and March. Imagine heading south for refuge from the long winter and waking up to...:eek: :eek: :eek:

Looks like you all had some fun!

happy trails :)