A WINTER WEATHER WARNING for North Alabama through Friday morning

A WINTER WEATHER WARNING for North Alabama through Friday morning

The National Weather Service on Thursday at 8:23 a.m. issued a winter weather advisory valid from noon until Friday 6 a.m. for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and Jackson counties.

“Freezing rain is expected. Total ice accumulation is likely to reach 0.05 inch,” the weather service comments.

“Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are expected. Hazardous conditions are likely to impact evening commuting,” the weather service says. “Slow down and use caution while traveling. Prepare for possible power outages.”

Winter Driving Guide: Tips from the weather service for safe and sound travel

Winter’s icy grip often makes roads treacherous, resulting in more than 6,000 weather-related deaths and more than 480,000 injuries each year. When you find yourself on roads covered in snow or freezing rain, safety should be your top priority. Slow down and be careful. In temperatures near freezing, it’s wise to assume icy patches on the road and adjust your driving accordingly. Be careful of ice accumulating on power lines and tree branches, as they may break and fall. If possible, avoid driving in these conditions completely. But if you have to venture out, choose routes with fewer trees and power lines, and never touch a downed power line. If you encounter one, call 911 immediately. Here are additional winter driving tips from the weather service:

1. Share your travel plans:

When traveling out of town in dangerous winter weather, inform your family or friends of your destination, planned route and estimated time of arrival.

2. Prepare your car:

Make sure your tank is full and your vehicle is stocked with winter essentials, including a windshield scraper, jumper cables, a small shovel, flashlight, cell phone, blanket, extra warm clothes, drinking water, and non-perishable high-calorie foods.

3. Keep calm when you’re stranded:

If you’re stranded, stay calm. Tell someone about your condition and location. Avoid trying to walk to safety. Attach a rag to your car antenna or mirror to indicate that you need help. Make your car more visible with dome light and flashers.

4. Beware of snow plows:

Watch the snow plows and allow plenty of room to pass. Only pass a plow when you have a clear view of the road ahead.

5. Check road conditions:

Before embarking on your trip, check current road conditions to make informed travel decisions.

These winter driving tips from the weather service are your key to a safer trip on snow-covered roads. By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce your risk of accidents and ensure your health during difficult winter weather.

Advanced Local Weather Alerts is a service provided by United Robots, which uses machine learning to collect the latest data from the National Weather Service.

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