Huntsville city & Madison County leaders prepare for winter weather

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- As the Tennessee Valley braces for some freezing temperatures and possible snow, Madison County leaders prepare for the worst.

City and county employees want to make sure they keep the roads safe for drivers. Director of Public Works Chris McNeese says, "As for the winter weather coming through Friday afternoon, we will have staff on call after hours to work with the teams from EMA, to county commission and Huntsville Police Department to respond to any areas of concern."

Crews have not pre-treated the roads, but as soon as roads start to become dangerous, they will put up barricades and dispatch a crew.

"We are relying a lot on Huntsville Police Department. They are going to be out and about throughout the city. We are going to be responding to their calls. They are going to be notifying us of those areas where there is typically black ice. Once they let us know where those areas are, we will go treat those areas. Make sure that we salt the road ways. We will put gravel down on the bridges," says McNeese.

Leaders are not only worried about potential snow, but, "We are kind of getting hit with two different events. The first one will be the severe thunderstorm coming through tonight. We are still worried about low line areas of flash flooding," says McNeese.

They are also advising drivers to allow plenty of extra time if you are out and about driving around.  "We are asking the driving public not to ride around those barricades. They are there for a purpose - to identify the hazardous areas," explains McNeese.


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