MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency advise motorists that freezing rain will likely coat roads with ice in north and west-central Alabama beginning Sunday night. Furthermore, much of the state will experience freezing temperatures over the next few days which could produce widespread “black ice” conditions.
In addition to icing on roadways due to freezing rain, north and west-central Alabama may see additional accumulations of sleet and snow, ALDOT says.
Motorists in these areas are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel Saturday night into Sunday morning. ALDOT crews in the affected areas will be on duty or mobilized as needed to treat ice on roadways, sometimes referred to as black ice.
While forecasts indicate freezing rain, sleet, and snow are possible in west-central and north Alabama beginning Sunday evening, motorists across the state should be aware that temperatures below freezing combined with any moisture on pavement surfaces could lead to adverse travel conditions elsewhere, ALDOT says.
Monitor weather reports and adjust any travel plans accordingly. In the event of widespread icy conditions, refrain from travel except in emergencies. 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.
Forecasts indicate icy conditions will be a concern through late morning Wednesday, Feb. 17, due to temperatures remaining near or below freezing even during daytime hours Monday and Tuesday, ALDOT says. Anywhere temperatures are below freezing, moisture on pavement surfaces may freeze to form black ice — a transparent layer of ice on the roadway that is difficult for motorists to detect in advance.
Before departing, check road conditions through local news media and ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app, available online in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Check with local county or municipal governments for conditions on county and local roadways.
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