East Alabama prepares for more winter weather

(WXTX) - Even though this winter storm is not hitting east Alabama has hard as the one two weeks ago, officials in Lee County are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws their way.

"We knew when we had the first set of snow days there was a potential for more so we're very grateful that the governor declared its a state of emergency so we can apply for those days to be forgiven, we don't make those up," says Opelika City Schools Public Relations Coordinator Becky Brown.

Officials from Opelika City Schools met with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency Wednesday afternoon to track the storm system and due the icy roads Opelika City Schools will be closed Thursday.

"It's complicated because you have to think about the kids and the parents that work. You have to think about feeding the kids lunch. So we just want to make sure we make the best decision. The up most concern is that safety of all the children," says Brown.

Just like the school systems, safety is the top priority for City officials and they are prepared to work overtime when the weather gets rough.

The City of Auburn postponed its third Downtown Master Plan Meeting that was originally set for Tuesday night to a date that has not yet been released, but as of now all other city services are scheduled as planned.

"I don't think we expect necessarily more than one interesting weather storm event every year because of how far south we are, but public works is ready. They have the 170 ton of sand they needed to put down last time and they are ready this time," explains City of Auburn Public Relations Director, David Dorton.

Officials are urging people to turn to social media in these questionable times.

Facebook and Twitter are constantly being updated as well as the Opelika City Schools app, available for Iphone and Android.

"It just helps us to see it travel and to know people are sharing the information about the schools closing. We feel like it's a little more immediate than maybe it has been in the past," explains Brown, "So it's a positive avenue for us to communicate with our parents and our families."

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