State of Emergency Issued in Alabama Ahead of Winter Weather
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 p.m. for every county in the state due to Tuesday's expected winter weather.
“All Alabamians should take time to be prepared for the potential of winter weather. I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days,” Governor Ivey said. “As with any severe weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather forecasts for their area. This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready if and when they are needed.”
The latest forecast calls for snow to begin in the morning but the biggest concern is the possibility for icing on the roadways. People are being asked to be aware of the potential travel issues and stay off the road if possible.
“There are enough uncertainties in the forecast right now that the potential exists that this winter storm could be debilitating to the state for a couple of days due to icy conditions,” said Director of Alabama Emergency Management Agency Brian Hastings. “We are strongly encouraging people to closely monitor this forecast because each portion of the state will face icy conditions at different times. It also important to factor in your commute time to ensure you are off the roads before the first flakes start falling from the sky. In addition to icy road conditions, another factor the state is dealing with is the massive flu outbreak. Now is a good time for people to plan ahead and remain weather aware.”
Nearly all schools in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas have closed in anticipation of the winter weather and you can see the full list of closings here.