Dallas County under winter weather advisory

Published 2:47 pm Monday, January 28, 2019

Dallas County is under a winter weather advisory, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Snow is projected to hit parts of the state, which will last into Tuesday morning. Forecasters predict between a quarter and a half-inch of snow for Dallas County. The north-central region of the state is projected to get 1-3 inches of snow. The snow is only expected to last between two and three hours.

The Dallas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) are advising local residents how to handle the wintry weather.

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Dallas County EMA Director Toya Stiles urges residents to stay alert through the media for updates on the conditions.

“Have a disaster supply kit ready, stay tuned to your local news and keep warm,” Stiles said. “If you have to travel, travel with caution.”

ALEA Senior Trooper Reginal King offered traffic safety tips to residents who must travel under potentially hazardous conditions.

-Remain alert for emergency vehicles, and remember to obey Alabama’s “move over” law, which includes emergency vehicles.

-Keep vehicles in good operating condition. Check antifreeze levels and use windshield washer solution suitable for freezing weather conditions. Keep gas tanks at least half full.

-Remember weather and roadway conditions may quickly change. Adapt speeds to existing roadway conditions, and be alert to changing weather and the possibility of icy, slippery roads.

-Turn on headlights and windshield wipers, and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles during inclement weather.

-Pay particular attention to bridges and overpasses, which have a tendency to develop hazardous “black ice.”

-Keep blankets, first aid kit, charged cell phone and other emergency supplies in your vehicle.

Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for the entire state.

“This winter storm has the potential to affect a large portion of our state. Citizens in the northern half of the state should be especially mindful of the changing weather conditions,” Governor Ivey said. “Travel conditions could be negatively impacted Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Please avoid travel if possible and be very careful if you do have to get out on the roadways.”