Governor Robert Bentley on Monday issued a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties in preparation for winter weather.
"Alabama recently experienced a winter weather situation two weeks ago, and we are again bracing for more winter weather to impact the state over the coming days," Governor Robert Bentley said. "By issuing a State of Emergency, we are taking precautions to protect Alabamians. I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated winter conditions across northern Alabama. We will actively monitor the storm as it begins to hit the state, and are prepared to respond to any requests for assistance."
According to the National Weather Service offices in Alabama, various portions of the state are expected to experience sleet, snow and freezing rain beginning Monday evening and lasting until Wednesday. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is activating the State Emergency Operations Center in order to monitor the storm and assist county Emergency Management Agencies as needed. State law enforcement agencies have coordinated state resources in order to respond to stranded drivers. Alabama National Guard units have been alerted to prepare to respond to any emergency requests for assistance.
"With a level two activation Tuesday morning at the State Emergency Operations Center, we have all the necessary staff and resources ready to assist Alabamians as needed," Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner said. "However, it is just as important for the people of Alabama to stay weather aware during this potential winter weather event and make sure they avoid travel if they are in an area with dangerous road conditions."
The State of Emergency will be effective at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.