Southwest Alabama is under a winter weather advisory Monday and Tuesday

Southwest Alabama is under a winter weather advisory Monday and Tuesday

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory at 3:23 PM Sunday, valid Monday 9 PM through Tuesday 9 AM for Choctaw, Washington, Clark, Wilcox, Monroe, Mobile and Baldwin counties.

The weather service states, “Freezing rain is expected. Total ice accumulations of a light glaze.”

“Roads, especially bridges and overpasses, are likely to become slippery and hazardous. Hazardous conditions may impact morning commutes,” the weather service added. “Delay all your trips if possible. If travel is absolutely necessary, drive with extreme caution and be prepared for sudden changes in road conditions. Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Avoid sudden braking or acceleration and be especially careful On hills or when turning.”

Staying safe on winter roads: Winter driving tips from the weather service

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 tips for driving in winter weather:

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 stock your car with winter essentials such as a windshield scraper, jumper cables, a small shovel, flashlight, cell phone, blanket, extra warm clothes, drinking water, and high-calorie non-perishable 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. Pay attention to snow plows:

Watch the snow plows and give them 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 the latest road conditions to make informed travel decisions.

Stay safe on winter roads with valuable winter driving tips from the weather service, and reduce the risk of accidents during difficult weather conditions.

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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