EMA officials urge Shoals residents to remain weather aware through Thursday

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Emergency management officials say the weather we’re experiencing is more like spring than late December. With that, storms have them on alert over the next couple of days.

They want the public to be weather aware as they go about their shopping and travel plans for the holidays.

“We appear to be having weather today (Tuesday) and yesterday (Monday) that you would see in April here,” Lauderdale County EMA Director George Grabryan stated. “Of course you know what April normally holds for northwest Alabama.”

Grabryan admits he’s pretty concerned about the next 36-hours. Normally, December brings a threat of snow, not high winds, thunderstorms and the potential for tornadoes.

“The setup is very similar to what we would see April. We’ve got a system moving in and we’ve got a potential for some severe weather up here,” Grabryan said.

With so many people on the roads right now for Christmas, Grabryan urges residents to remain weather aware. While shopping, he says to have a way to receive alerts on changing weather conditions.

“Just check the weather frequently,” explained Grabryan. “Be weather aware. I would say do that through the day tomorrow, and especially any time after mid-morning tomorrow.”

As quickly as weather changes in north Alabama, Grabryan said take a few preparations today so you’re not caught in a storm when it comes.

Emergency management agencies across northwest Alabama said, despite the holidays, they will be fully staffed as weather moves in Wednesday. And if the need arises, storm shelters will be opened.

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