ALDOT prepares for winter weather

ALDOT workers prepare road equipment Thursday. A winter weather advisory has been issued for portions of central Alabama on Friday. (Stephen Quinn |

ALDOT workers spent Thursday preparing for the possibility of winter weather across the Birmingham metro. A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for portions of central Alabama on Friday between 3am-6pm. Rain, sleet, and snow were forecast in the area.

ALDOT engineers tested their snow equipment and began mixing their brine formula in case it was needed to prevent freezing roads. Assistant Region Engineer Mike Mahaffey was hopeful it would not. Road temperatures Thursday morning hovered around 47 degrees which meant they would not be below freezing long before precipitation arrived. This meant much of the snow could melt as soon as it lands on the roads said Mahaffey.

The mere threat of winter weather meant some schools in the area began issuing delays to avoid a potentially messy morning commute.

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