We are now just a few hours away from the first real snow fall of the year in Alabama.
The National Weather Service has issued and expanded winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories, for most of the state, in anticipation of the snow starting tonight.
“Just preparing, gotta be ready you know. Just stuff to make a big pot of chili, lasts for a couple of days,” said Connie Hancock.
Tonight Alabamians are expecting the first snow of the new year. While people got last minute groceries today, the Alabama Department of Transportation has been preparing for this winter weather since Sunday.
“We pre-treat with brine, which is of course a salt mixture. Bridges we treat with de-icing chemicals or anti-icing chemicals such as potassium acetate,” explained Seth Burkett, spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Though we could only see up to two inches of snow in Huntsville, icy roads in the following days could impact travel in a big way. Bridges have the highest risk.
“If you do find yourself in that situation, you hit a slick spot, pull off the side of the road, please call us and let us know where it’s at so we can set up a barricade,” said Lt. Michael Johnson with Huntsville Police.
After midnight, crews will remain on standby, prepared to begin clearing roads. “Our crews are going to move into action with snow plows, ice cutters, whatever applicators they have for the various de-icing, anti-icing agents and they’ll be out there working to combat that snow,” Burkett added.
ALDOT says these winter events come with an increase in car wrecks. It says to check road conditions and advisories before heading out.