ALDOT preps for possibility of icing

HUNTSVILLE —The Alabama Department of Transportation is monitoring weather forecasts and preparing for potentially icy conditions on roadways across much of north Alabama.

Current forecasts indicate the strongest possibility for such conditions will be late Sunday, Feb. 14, through early Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Snow and ice equipment is being prepared, and crews will be ready to mobilize as needed. It appears rainy conditions over the weekend will limit ALDOT’s ability to pretreat highways effectively. Should conditions permit any pretreatment — and should updated forecasts call for it

— interstates as well as bridges and other areas prone to icing on major routes will be prioritized. These routes will also be top priorities for treatment and clearing following winter weather.

Motorists are advised to monitor weather reports and adjust any travel plans accordingly. Check road conditions through local media and algotraffic.com. In the event of widespread icy conditions, avoid travel except in emergencies. If traveling, remain wary of the potential for hazardous conditions, and reduce speed as conditions dictate.

Some areas of north Alabama may have a chance of precipitation refreezing on roads tonight or Saturday night. Small crews will work overnight in the affected districts to scout roads, monitor conditions, and spot treat any icy patches.

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