Jefferson County braces for winter mix

In Jefferson County, the emergency management agency is in a holding pattern.

Its operations center opens at 10:00 PM Monday night. These agencies are keeping a close eye on the weather.

They're hoping for the best, but planning for the worst with this system that's moving into the area later tonight.

Jefferson County EMA officer Horace Walker says agencies from across Jefferson County and the City of Birmingham will work through the night. "We can't do it by ourselves. We have to work together," says Walker. "That's one of our main functions is to bring these agencies together so that we can work together to mitigate the effects of this event, or any event for that matter."The county has spent the day preparing roads for potential snow and ice. "Getting extra trucks, putting sand down. Their engineering department is putting chains on trucks. Law enforcement is getting their vehicles prepared too," he says.Part of the preparation, implementing the SWIFTT plan. SWIFTT, stands for Snow, Wind, Ice, Flood, Tornado Threat. This plan, used by the city and the county, makes certain all bases are covered once the operation center is up and running.