Time to prepare for wintry weather
by ELSIE HODNETT
Jan 06, 2011 | 2954 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early weather forecasts predict a chance of wintry weather starting Sunday in the area and continuing into Monday. Snow and freezing rain are part of the predictions.
Early weather forecasts predict a chance of wintry weather starting Sunday in the area and continuing into Monday. Snow and freezing rain are part of the predictions.
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It’s time to begin preparations for the upcoming wintry weather expected to hit the area Sunday.

“Chances are pretty good to see snowfall and a winter weather event,” said Mark Rose, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Rose said St. Clair and Talladega counties should begin to see light snow with perhaps sleet mixed in beginning Sunday afternoon.

“The main precipitation is expected Sunday night through Monday morning,” he said. “We don’t have predictions of snowfall amounts or icing this far out. But we recommend people begin to prepare now.”

The St. Clair and Talladega County Emergency Management agencies recommend residents stock up on essentials and check their emergency kits, among other winter event preparations.

“We are monitoring the weather, and once we get the word from the National Weather Service we will send out weather updates, especially to the first responders,” said Patrice Posey, assistant director of the St. Clair County EMA. “And the Emergency Operations Center will be manned if there is icy weather and problems with the roads and bridges.”

Posey said residents are advised to stay home during the wintry weather conditions.

“Don’t travel unless you have to,” she said.

Posey said the St. Clair County EMA will remain in contact with both school systems.

“This is the time of year you can expect a winter weather event,” said Steve Dover, public information officer for the Talladega County EMA. “Everything is ramping up for it, and we are ready. We were able to get through the Christmas snow with minimal impact to the area. There were a few road problems in the Sylacauga area and in the southern part of the county with roads icing over, but the city and county road crews handled that.”

Dover said the upcoming storm may cause road problems with ice, but the county and cities are ready to handle any problems that may arise.

“The resources and manpower are available to get out there and take care of it if needed,” he said.

Dover said the Talladega County EMA will also remain in contact with the school systems.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.