Ice greatest concern after wintry mix in Prattville on Thursday

Autauga County EMA in Prattville - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – A mixture of snow and rain is predicted for most of Alabama beginning in the morning of January 6, according to Autauga County EMA Director Rocky Milliman.

“Tomorrow morning it will hit the northwest corner and then the central area around Demopolis (as far east as Selma) could get a mixture of snow and sleet in the early AM time period,” Milliman said. “Tomorrow afternoon between 12 and 3 our area (Autauga County) will get a mixture of the snow and rain. Then between 3 and 6, a little more of that mixture, but nothing more than a half an inch over a six-hour period.”

Milliman said that the National Weather Service is not expecting any accumulation from the wintry mix in Autauga County, but the after affects of the precipitation may be cause for worry.

“If the roads are still wet and the temperature drops down to what they are expecting … 20 degrees tomorrow night, then Friday morning the roads may be slick,” said Milliman. “But, the Department of Transportation, County Engineers, and the City of Prattville are all on standby. I think that there is about a hundred tons of sand ready to go to cover the bridges and roadways just in case.”

The EMA Director emphasized that the citizens of Prattville should just be aware of the conditions and to remember that the slick roadways is the biggest concern at this point.

Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr. met with Milliman and City Department Heads this morning to discuss tomorrow’s predicted precipitation mix.

“While little or no accumulation is expected, our public works and public safety folks are on standby and ready to take action should that become necessary,” the mayor said. “All City vehicles, equipment, and fuel tanks will be topped off prior to the close of business this afternoon.”

Article by Melissa Parker

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