Weather conditions worsening; residents urged not to travel

Published 11:13 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Emergency Management agencies in Chilton and other Alabama counties issued a Civil Emergency Message on Tuesday morning about hazardous weather conditions, urging residents to limit road travel to emergencies only.

Transmitted via the National Weather Service, the message said a mixture of snow, freezing rain and sleet has accumulated across the following counties: Chilton, Autauga, Bibb, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Hale, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Sumter and Tallapoosa.

Several roadways have become slick and extremely hazardous, especially on bridges and overpasses, including major thoroughfares and interstates.

Travel across the counties listed above should be limited to emergency.

Winter weather will continue through the afternoon and into the evening hours.

Tuesday’s high will be near 27 degrees, with 10-mph winds from the north.

About an inch of snow accumulation is possible.

Snow is likely Tuesday night, mainly before 9 p.m.

The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

Conditions will be mostly cloudy in the early evening, with gradual clearing and a low around 16 degrees.

Northwest winds will move 5-10 mph.

A hard freeze warning is in effect from midnight Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures will fall into the lower to mid-teens after midnight Tuesday for roughly the northern half of Central Alabama.

Temperatures in the teens may cause water pipes to rupture and pose a threat to sensitive vegetation and livestock.

These conditions also present potential hazards to people and pets vulnerable to cold.