With Alabamas winter storm warning residents acr

first_imgWith Alabama’s winter storm warning, residents across the state and the Tuscaloosa area are staying prepared.Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for Tuesday, Jan. 29, ahead of the potential for ice and snow on Wednesday. However, not everyone is preparing for the weather.“Not at all, I don’t get panicky when I hear Alabama is going to have a little snow,” Irene Wallace said. “Because I lived in Michigan for 14 years, so I know what snow looks like.”Other residents said they don’t take any chances on being prepared for any severe weather. Milk and bread, two seemingly essential items for many, were a part of the groceries many local residents made sure to stock up on today.“Well, they had a good sale on meat and plus getting stuff for tomorrow in case the weather messes up,” Jason Kornegay said. “Like they say, if you don’t like the weather in Alabama, hang around five minutes, it will change.”Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the city wants to make sure they’re able to keep the roads safe and that they have resources available. Tuscaloosa fire rescue and police are monitoring trouble spots across the city and making sure their response times are in line.“I think at this point, though the city is prepared, I just think, hope our fellow citizens are,” Maddox said. “There’s probably little doubt that we’re going to have something happen, to what extent nobody knows until we wake up in the morning. But the city is going to be working all night and we will have everything ready to go.”Maddox said everyone needs to plan for a slow morning as well as a slow evening. The Alabama Department of Transportation said they are actively monitoring the weather.ALDOT has already pretreated the interstate from the Mississippi line to Jefferson County. They began putting the treatment, which will keep ice from forming, down early this morning.“And we hope to have the third lane from Tuscaloosa to the Jefferson County Line, that third lane which will be all lanes later today,” said Alabama Department of Transportation Public Information Officer John McWilliams.They hope that putting this pretreatment down will help alleviate some of the concerns of icy roads.last_img

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