Birmingham, Jefferson County officials preparing for potentially severe weather

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — City and county officials tell CBS 42 that there is a degree of uncertainty when it comes to what Mother Nature has in store for this weekend — which is why they encourage everyone to be ready for anything. 

The CBS 42 Storm Team says that snow is a possibility for Sunday morning. But, even if snowflakes don’t accumulate, the cold weather sweeping in is dangerous.

That’s why Don Lupo, the Operations Manager for the City of Birmingham, tells CBS 42 that A.H. Parker High School will be made available as a warming station Sunday and Monday — complete with food, beds, and security. 

“If you’re in a situation where you don’t have power, don’t stay in that house,” says Lupo. “Come be with us. We have security, we have EMS. Don’t stay in that house. Come stay where it’s warm.”

Melissa Sizemore with the Jefferson County EMA agrees, and adds that the potentially strong winds could be hazardous as well. 

“When we go under a thunderstorm warning, make sure that you’re away from doors and windows in case it does escalate to a tornado warning in our area,” says Sizemore.

On the subject of tornados, the CBS 42 Storm Team also says that there is a slight possibility of one Saturday. But the tornado sirens need to be taken seriously — now more than ever. 

“Our tornado sirens are now ‘Polygon’ activated,” says Sizemore. “So if we do go under a warning, the sirens all over Jefferson County are not going to sound. It’s just going to be those sirens in the path of danger. So, if you hear the sirens, you need to seek shelter and take the proper precautions.”

Stay with CBS 42 for the latest weather updates. 

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