Days out from Alabama's U.S. Senate special election contest next week, the state has been hit by unusually snowy weather.
Several inches of snow have fallen across the state – up to six inches in some cases – and there have been multiple reports of power outages.
With day turning into night, and temperatures expected to dip into the 20s, which will result in a hard freeze.
But for all the local bewilderment on social media, the wintry spectacle is not expected to last, as the skies are forecast to clear up and temperatures will rise into mid-40s over the weekend and 50s by Monday — prime conditions for melting.
AL.com, Alabama's largest local news source, notes the snow should be "long gone" by Tuesday, Dec. 12, the day of the special election.
The National Weather Service said in its extended forecast for Birmingham, Alabama's most populous city, that weather conditions beginning Saturday through Thursday are expected to be "dry and fairly uneventful."
Former judge Roy Moore, the Republican nominee who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, is competing against Democrat Doug Jones.
Recent polling shows a tight race, with Moore at a slight advantage, according to the RealClearPolitics' average.