Icy conditions could impact commutes

Published 12:00 pm Monday, February 15, 2021

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Potential freezing temperatures tonight into tomorrow morning are expected to cause icy conditions for some Central Alabama roadways.

Gov. Kay Ivey proclaimed a state of emergency for several counties on Feb. 14. Although Chilton County is not included in this, counties that residents may be commuting to are, including Shelby and Jefferson.

The entire list this includes: Bibb, Blount, Choctaw, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

The Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency are urging motorists to stay aware of road and weather conditions.

“Monitor weather reports and adjust any travel plans accordingly. In the event of widespread icy conditions, refrain from travel except in emergencies,” according to an ALDOT press release.  “If traveling, remain wary of the potential for hazardous conditions, and reduce speed as conditions dictate. Please slow down and move over if possible when approaching ALDOT and other highway maintenance personnel or emergency responders at work.”

Traffic advisories can be accessed at algotraffic.com before starting to drive.

For those who find themselves driving in potentially hazardous conditions, The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency recommends refraining from using cruise control, slow down, “turn on headlights and windshield wipers, and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles … Pay attention to bridges and overpasses, which tend to develop hazardous ‘black ice,’ keep a blanket, first aid kit, charged cell phone and other emergency supplies in your vehicle.”