Meteorologist James Spann is advising fans heading from Alabama to Tampa, Fla., for the national championship to adjust their travel plans because of potential winter storms.
Spann said fans traveling to the game should leave later this weekend to avoid driving during the winter weather Friday and early Saturday. He also said they should avoid taking Interstate 20 through Atlanta.
— James Spann (@spann) January 5, 2017
A winter storm watch will be in effect from central Alabama through north Georgia from 6 a.m. CT Friday morning through 9 a.m. Saturday. That could increase to a winter weather advisory, with areas of both states expected to get as much as 3 inches of snow.
Snow, sleet and ice could make road conditions dangerous Friday and Saturday. Snow could also delay flights out of the Birmingham airport Friday.
“But the most widespread travel issues will come late tomorrow afternoon, through tomorrow night, and into Saturday morning as precipitation rates increase and temperatures fall into the 20s,” Spann wrote for the Alabama Weather Blog. “Roads could very well become icy and dangerous over the northern half of Alabama, where the heavier precipitation comes down. The main travel issues will be in the Winter Storm Watch area, but we can’t rule out a few spotty issues to the south as well.”
Alabama plays Clemson on Monday about 8 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN.