The NWS has changed the Winter Storm Warning to an Ice Storm Warning for the counties immediately North and South of the US 80 corridor.  This follows the ideas and forecasts that have been expressed for the past few days.  Sleet has already started to fall across the region, but this activity will be short lived and the big show will start later this evening.  Reports from NWS Jackson at 0945 indicated that ice was beginning to accumulate from the heavier band that was moving across the area just north of Jackson.  The action should start here later in the afternoon.  The NWS Birmingham provides the following graphic…

The expected accumulation numbers have changed little and the following is from the NWS Jackson.

Birmingham has changed their forecast only slightly and ABC 33/40 (Spann) has modified the numbers to indicate the following.

A much more extensive report will be made this afternoon.  Stay tuned and be prepared for extensive power outages if the systems meets forecast expectations.