Governor issues state of emergency for winter weather

Published 3:57 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gov. Robert Bentley issued a state of emergency today effective at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Fri., Jan. 6, for all Alabama counties because of the potential of severe winter weather, according to the governor’s office.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and winter storm watch for several Alabama counties in anticipation of snow, sleet and freezing rain in and near the areas under the advisory and watch.

“I am encouraging all Alabama residents to be prepared for the potential of significant winter weather and I have directed my essential state agencies to do the same,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “With any severe weather event there is always a measure of uncertainty; however, it is important for everyone to take the necessary precautions and stay informed of the latest weather predictions in your area.  I have issued a State of Emergency to ensure all available state resources are ready to be deployed if and when it is deemed necessary.”

According to the NWS, there is an 80 percent chance of rain tomorrow and a high of 44 degrees. The low tomorrow night will be 27 degrees with a rain chance going from 80-40 percent. On Saturday, the high will be 40 degrees with a low of 22 that night.

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