NEW WARNING FROM ALDOT: After Snowfall, Expect Icy Conditions Until Temperatures Rebound…..

Below is a News Release issued this evening by the Alabama Department of Transportation:

Subject: NEW WARNING FROM ALDOT:  After Snowfall, Expect Icy Conditions Until Temperatures Rebound

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 15, 2018

NEW WARNING FROM ALDOT:  After Snowfall, Expect Icy Conditions Until Temperatures Rebound

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Transportation is warning Alabamians to expect icy roadways and bridges beginning Tuesday and lasting until temperatures return to above freezing.

Hazardous driving conditions should be expected in any part of Alabama where snow or precipitation is followed by temperatures dropping below freezing. Icy conditions may develop on any streets or highways especially bridges, overpasses, elevated spans, and hilly or shaded areas, even in areas that may have been pre-treated in advance of wintry precipitation.

To avoid being caught in icy conditions, delay travel after snow or precipitation begins to fall. High pavement temperatures from warm weather through Monday may cause snow or wintry mix to melt and immediately begin turning to ice or slush, making driving conditions difficult and potentially hazardous.

ALDOT, emergency management and law enforcement officials are united in urging people to avoid travel after snow or wintry mix begins falling, and until conditions improve.

Appropriate driving speeds are determined by the road conditions, which on wet or icy roads should be slower than the posted speed limit. Motorists should slow down and move over if possible when approaching ALDOT and other highway maintenance personnel and emergency vehicles at work.

ALDOT crews are working diligently to keep interstates, U.S. and state highways passable until conditions improve, but conditions ranging from difficult to hazardous will be present in some areas.

Motorists needing information on road conditions in Alabama should look to local news media and go to ALGOtraffic.com or download the ALGO Traffic app available online through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

ALDOT asks motorists to use ALGOtraffic.com responsibly. Motorists should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.

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Governor’s State of Emergency Proclamation for imminent winter weather threat….

Governor’s State of Emergency Proclamation issued this evening, 1-15-2018

STATE OF ALABAMA

PROCLAMATION

BY THE GOVERNOR

WHEREAS the Alabama Emergency Management Act of 1955, as amended, confers upon the Governor the power to proclaim a State of Emergency when there exist conditions of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the State caused by natural or man-made disasters, Ala. Code SS 31-9-3 and -8 (1975);

WHEREAS the National Weather Service is forecasting that the entire State of Alabama may be severely affected by ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain, as well as extreme and prolonged freezing temperatures, beginning on January 16, 2018;

WHEREAS this winter storm system could cause significant damage to public and private property and poses a danger to the health and safety of the people of Alabama, including, potentially, property damage, personal injury, and loss of life;

WHEREAS disruption of essential utility systems could occur and may continue to occur, causing extreme peril to the citizens in the State; and,

WHEREAS it is anticipated that these damages, by reason of their magnitude, will be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single city and/or county, and it is expected that the situation will require the combined forces of mutual aid assistance to alleviate the adverse effects to the health, safety, and economy of the State.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, pursuant to Section 8 of the Alabama Emergency Management Act of 1955, Ala. Code S 31-9-8 (1975), as amended, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in the State of Alabama, effective as of 6:00 p.m. CST on Monday, January 15, 2018, and direct the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and all the appropriate annexes. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency State Emergency Operations Center shall be activated, as well as all impacted Alabama Emergency Management Agency Divisions, as of 6:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

FURTHER, I direct the activation of the Alabama National Guard, and I direct the appropriate state agencies exercise their statutory and regulatory authority to assist the communities and entities affected. I also direct the Alabama Emergency Management Agency to make the appropriate assessment of damages and seek the necessary State and Federal assistance for the affected areas.

FI.JRTHER, I hereby proclaim and direct the following:

In accordance with sections 8-31-1 through 8-31-6 of the Code of Alabama, all persons are hereby placed on notice that it is unlawful for any person within the State of Alabama to impose unconscionable prices (i.e., to engage in “price gouging”) for the sale or rental of any commodity or rental facility during the period of a declared State of Emergency.

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Pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23, this declaration of a State of Emergency facilitates the waiver of certain regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), including, but not limited to, 49 CFR Part 395 (Hours of Service for Drivers) as it relates to providing emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods, and services, which shall end after the duration of the motor carrier’s or driver’s direct assistance in providing emergency relief, or 30 days from the initial declaration of emergency, unless sooner terminated, or as otherwise specified in the FMCSA’s regulations, whichever is earlier. Motor carriers that have an Out-Of Service Order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulation that this declaration provides under 49 CFR 390.23.

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Section 9-17-109(d) of the Code of Alabama and section 530-X-2-.16(c) of the Alabama Administrative Code are hereby suspended during this State of Emergency to allow any propane gas dealer servicing the State of Alabama to fill any container belonging to another propane gas dealer which cannot or will not supply a customer.

(IV)

Local Educational Agencies maintain the discretion to open or close any school or office based on local conditions and forecasts, and any affected school system that is closed as a result and loses student days or employee days, or both, may appeal to the State Superintendent of Education for relief in fulfilling the local school calendar with respect to student days or employee days, or both, with no loss of income to employees.

FURTHER, I declare that this Proclamation and all subsequent orders, laws, rules or regulations issued pursuant hereto shall remain in full force and effect for the duration of the State of Emergency unless rescinded or extended by Proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, 1 have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal to be affixed by the Secretary of State at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on this 15th day of January, 2018.

Kay Ivey

Governor

ATTEST:

John H. Merrill

Secretary of State

Winter weather threats for Tuesday evening into Wednesday (1-16 & 17 -2018)….

Issued at 10:30 a.m. on 1/15/2018 – Below is the latest information from the NWS office in Birmingham on the snow potential and very cold temperatures for late Tuesday into Wednesday. This forecast will have to be watched closely for impacts in central Alabama. The potential for light snow exists across the entire forecast area Tuesday through early on Wednesday with the best chance for light to moderate snowfall roughly along and northwest of a line from Demopolis to Clanton to Wedowee.

Below you will find the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook along with a graphic issued by the NWS office in Birmingham that outlines the potential impacts we may see along with the forecast timing of this event. For Elmore County this will be an overnight event Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Travel conditions and very cold temperatures are the primary concerns and travel impacts will have to be evaluated early Wednesday.

A Hard Freeze Watch is in effect for Elmore County from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing Tuesday evening and drop into the mid-teens Wednesday morning and not rise above freezing until around lunch time on Wednesday. The high Wednesday will be in the mid-30’s and the low Thursday morning will be back into the teens. Remember to check on the people, pets, pipes and plants that you need to.

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
500 AM CST Mon Jan 15 2018

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500 AM CST Mon Jan 15 2018

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the
National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

.DAY ONE…Outlook Through Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday.

An Arctic cold front is expected to bring light to moderate snow to
most of the forecast area on Tuesday and Tuesday night. The best
chance for accumulating snow currently appears to be along and north
of a line from Demopolis to Clanton to Wedowee. Snow amounts are
forecast to remain under 2 inches, but temperatures in the 20s as the
snow occurs could lead to significant impacts to travel. Areas
farther south and east could also see accumulating snowfall, but
confidence is low.

The cold air mass will result in temperatures falling into the teens
Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Wind chill values are forecast to
range from zero degrees in the North to the teens in the South late
Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Activation of storm spotters and emergency management may be
required Tuesday through early Wednesday morning.

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Slight snow potential in the forecast for Tuesday, 1-16-2018, for central Alabama….

Issued at 12:45 p.m. on 1/14/2018 – Below is the latest information from the NWS office in Birmingham on the snow potential for late Tuesday. This forecast will have to be watched closely for impacts in central Alabama as the greater impacts are forecast for the northern half of the state. Below you will find the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook along with a graphic issued by the NWS office in Birmingham.

According to the NWS, though much uncertainty remains in the forecast, the potential for snow exists across the entire forecast area Tuesday through early on Wednesday with the best chance for snowfall roughly along and northwest of a line from Demopolis to Jemison to Ashland to Ranburne. Accumulations are currently expected the be less than an inch overall but forecast amounts may increase in future forecasts. Due to very cold temperatures moving into the area on Tuesday, significant impacts may result despite relatively light snow amounts.

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
557 AM CST Sun Jan 14 2018

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557 AM CST Sun Jan 14 2018

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the
National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

.DAY ONE…Outlook Through Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday.

A cold front will bring a new surge of arctic air on Tuesday, along
with a chance of snow along and behind the front. Although
uncertainty exists on most likely areas for snowfall, accumulations
are expected to be less than one inch. The cold air mass will result
in temperatures falling into the teens Wednesday and Thursday
mornings. Wind chill values are forecast to reach the single digits
late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Activation of storm spotters and emergency management may be
required on Tuesday.

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Road Closure Notice: Williams Road (north of Wetumpka), today Monday October 30th through Thursday, November 2, 2017

Posted at 9:00 a.m. on 10/30/2017 – A portion of Williams Road (north of Wetumpka) will be closed each day from today, Monday October 30th through Thursday November 2nd from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day due to utility work being performed in this area. Williams Road from the address of 2486 to the west entrance of Justiss Drive will be closed each day. If and as we are notified of any changes to the road closure schedule we will post updates to the road conditions page of our website at www.elmorecoema.com as well as send out updates to our stakeholder, partner agencies and the media.

Important travel information from ALDOT for those traveling to Florida and Georgia after Hurricane Irma…..

The following Press Release is from ALDOT it contains great messaging information to help our FL friends return home when it’s safe to do so.

 

Posted at 8:25 a.m. on 9-12-2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 11, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA

Important Information from the Alabama Department of Transportation

MONTGOMERY – As the remnants of Hurricane Irma move through Alabama with tropical storm strength, the Alabama Department of Transportation is ramping up efforts with state and local law enforcement to conduct the state’s largest ever movement of evacuee traffic returning to Florida and Georgia.

Up to 500,000 vehicles carrying evacuees are expected to return to Florida and Georgia through some part of Alabama, either from sheltering in north or central Alabama or even further north, or as far west as Mississippi.

State officials are preaching safety and patience as hundreds of thousands of evacuees have begun moving south and east in a process that will take several days because of heavy traffic volumes and because workers are still working to clear some areas for safe re-entry.

ALDOT officials urge travelers to spread traffic loads across all available southbound and eastbound routes rather than overloading major routes such as U.S. 231, Interstate 65 and Interstate 10.

ALDOT is implementing proactive steps to maintain maximum efficiency along major southbound and eastbound roadways. Along U.S. 231 from Troy to Dothan, ALDOT will be working with local officials to adjust traffic signals to give as much priority time as possible to southbound evacuee and relief convoy traffic. In Mobile, officials are prepared to divert eastbound Interstate 10 truck traffic around the Wallace Tunnel in an effort to reduce congestion.

Despite efforts to minimize traffic back-ups, ALDOT officials advise that drivers should expect congestion as state, U.S. and interstate highways into Florida and Georgia will be used by residents returning home and convoys of personnel and resources to aid in hurricane recovery.

Over the next few days, ALDOT personnel will be working to clear debris from state, U.S. and interstate highways and to repair damage to roadway infrastructure.

ALDOT’s priority is to safely deploy crews to assess damage, clear debris and make repairs that may be necessary to roads, bridges, signs and traffic signals. ALDOT is maintaining a presence at the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate transportation-related response with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other state and local response agencies.

After responding to roadway and bridge priorities caused by Irma, ALDOT is preparing to mobilize personnel, trucks and resources to assist the Florida Department of Transportation with emergency recovery needs. Those response missions will be coordinated between the two states.

ALDOT is emphasizing the following key messages in the wake of Irma:

  • Local traffic should be prepared for delays and congestion on major southbound and eastbound roadways, and should allow extra travel time for their routine commuting;
  • Expect congestion and heavy traffic volumes from relief convoys heading to areas affected by Irma and from evacuees returning home;
  • Evacuees are urged to wait for weather and roadway conditions to improve before returning home, and should confirm that Florida officials have cleared their local areas for safe re-entry;
  • Florida officials are recommending the use of FL511.com and fhmsmv.gov, along with @FLHSMV and @MyFDOT on Twitter, to help evacuees plan their return travel;
  • ALDOT crews will work to clear debris from state, U.S. and interstate highways to restore traffic flow for emergency relief-related and routine travel;
  • ALDOT crews will work to repair damage to roadways, bridges, signs and traffic signals as quickly as possible; and
  • Crews will be working at all hours, so please be patient with recovery efforts and be watchful for first responders, highway repair crews, and utility workers on roadways and rights-of-way.

Motorists can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app.

ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.

 

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Tropical Storm Warning issued for Elmore County ………

Update on potential impacts from Hurricane Irma for Elmore County

Posted at 8:00 a.m. on 9-10-2017

Elmore County is now covered by a Tropical Storm Warning as issued by the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County will likely experience 20 to 40 mph sustained winds with gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall may be experienced from early Monday through early Tuesday. Currently the sustained winds are forecast to increase tomorrow morning between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and will not subside until closer the early morning hours Tuesday morning.  The closer you travel east to the Alabama/Georgia state line, 40 to 50 mph sustained winds with gust of 50 to 70 mph are possible. Below is the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham along with a couple of the updated graphics describing the threats and timing of the weather impacts expected. Also below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center on the latest track on Hurricane Irma.  We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter as the forecast is updated. Please be prepared!

Also, we have updated the Safer Places that will be opening for these weather conditions on our website for further information, please check out our website at www.elmorecoema.com

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
718 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017

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718 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the
National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas east of I-65.

Hurricane Irma will track northwest through Florida today and tonight
and across central Alabama Monday and Monday night. For Central
Alabama, the most active weather, including the highest wind gusts
and heaviest rainfall, is expected generally along and east of I-65
Monday and into early Tuesday. Winds sustained at 30 to 50 MPH, with
gusts of 50 to 70 MPH are likely in the warning area. This will
likely result in scattered downed trees and some power outages.
Tropical rains are expected to bring rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches
across east Alabama and 1 to 3 inches across west Alabama. Changes
to this forecast are possible and will depend on Irma`s track. Please
continue to monitor for the latest forecasts as Irma nears.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Activation of storm spotters and emergency management will be likely
Monday into early Tuesday.

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Elmore County could feel some impacts of Irma as the track late in the weekend shifts some to the west……..

Posted at 11:00 p.m. on 9-7-2017 – According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Elmore County could feel some impacts of Irma as the track late in the weekend shifts some to the west. The current forecast is for Hurricane Irma to make landfall at the southern tip of Florida Saturday night or very early Sunday morning. The current track carries the the storm into the State of Georgia through the day on Sunday and then possibly turning westerly and entering the east-central or north-east portion of the State of Alabama. As the system moves further north it will be decreasing in intensity. We will have a full updated forecast issued by the NWS tomorrow morning (9-8-17) and will post all updated information as the forecast is updated. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and posts updates as needed. Stay tuned to the forecast and stay prepared!

Hurricane Irma update (9-7-2017 at 9:00 a.m.)…….

Posted at 9:00 a.m. on 9-7-2017 – According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma is expected to pass north of Hispaniola today and be near the Caicos and Bahamas, moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph. Irma remains an extremely dangerous Category 5 Hurricane. Irma is expected to turn more northward Saturday over Florida. On this track, Hurricane Irma’s high impact weather looks to be east of our area this weekend and into early next week. According to the National Weather Service, the cool air that we are experiencing this morning is part of the system and trough that is going to cause the steering of Irma to the north, north east. Should the forecast track remain the same we will likely begin to see some breezy conditions late Sunday into Monday and they may linger as long as Wednesday.

Below is part of the latest forecast discussion posted by National Hurricane Center; a graphic from the National Hurricane Center showing the timing, intensity and the cone of uncertainty of Irma’s track; and a couple of graphics showing the models of many of the potential storm tracks.

This is a very dangerous system and will have catastrophic effects on the areas that it impacts. Use this time now to contact family and friends that you may have in the forecasted path to encourage them to put their Emergency Plans into action now.

Residents of Elmore County, this is a great time to review your Emergency Plans now! Should this system make any last minute drastic changes or should the next system impact our area, we need to be ready to put those emergency plans into action.

 

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 20.1 North, longitude 69.0 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days.  On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move just north of the coast of Hispaniola today, be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening, and then be near the Central Bahamas by Friday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts.  Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). The latest minimum central pressure just reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane is 921 mb (27.20 inches).