East Alabama prepares for winter weather

(WTVM) - Alabama is seeing snow in some parts of the state today, one day after Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency.

Emergency officials in East Alabama are warning drivers to stay off the road into the overnight hours because wet roads could turn to ice.
"It may rapidly re-freeze which may cause a glazing on the roads that will be very hazardous to travel," said Chambers County EMA Director, Donnie Smith said.

Something else to be aware of is what's just outside your door that could cause you to take a tumble.

"We always have an uptick in slips and falls in these types of events, people just stepping out the back door to check the weather or stepping out to check the mailbox and they forget about the ice-covered step or deck," Smith said.

Shoppers were gathering throughout the day at a local grocery store stocking up on milk, bread, and other items.

"I've been through a few, being 20 years in the navy, I've seen a few ins and outs where you've got to have what you need," one Chambers County local said.

State vehicles were out spraying brine on the roads and hauling a deicing solution around I-85 N in Lanett.

"The best rule of thumb is to stay home until conditions improve if at all possible," Smith said.

The EMA says no warming stations are located in Chambers County, however, there are some in nearby LaGrange.

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