What you need to know about the Jan. 14 state of emergency for Alabama—ice, sleet + snow

(Sarah Gronberg / The Bama Buzz)

Though Alabama had a warm Christmas and has had a mild winter so far, it seems frigid temperatures have finally arrived across the state. On January 14, 2024, the Office of the Governor declared a state of emergency due to winter weather. Keep reading for what you need to know to be prepared.

A state of emergency for Alabama

(Sarah Gronberg / The Bama Buzz)

The text of the proclamation reads:

“WHEREAS the National Weather Service is forecasting that certain counties in northern Alabama may be severely affected by ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain, as well as extreme and prolonged freezing temperatures, beginning on Sunday, January 14, 2024;

WHEREAS this winter weather event could cause significant damage to public and private property and poses a danger to the health and safety of the people of Alabama, including potential disruption of essential utility systems, personal injury, and loss of life;

Office of the Governor

The state of emergency exists in the following counties:

  • Blount
  • Calhoun
  • Cherokee
  • Cleburne
  • Colbert
  • Cullman
  • DeKalb
  • Etowah
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lamar
  • Lauderdale
  • Lawrence
  • Limestone
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • Morgan
  • Pickens
  • St. Clair
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Walker
  • Winston

North Alabama is expected to be hit the hardest, and you can find details on that region’s forecast on Hville Blast.

Be prepared for dangerous, icy weather

Emergency Management Agency reminds the public to follow NWS guidelines during this winter weather event:

  • Ice and snow may lead to slick roads and walkways
  • Prepare for power outages
  • Dress warmly, in layers, in going outdoors
  • Care for pets
  • Motorists should have at least one-half tank of gas and equip vehicles with blankets, water, snacks and medical supplies

Be sure to check local weather stations and city social media pages for more information on your area’s latest forecast and warming stations available.

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