Area Road Crews On Standby For Wintry Weather

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A winter weather system that's expected to move into north Alabama this evening and into the overnight hours has area road crews on standby for potential hazards.

Workers at Madison County's District Three road shed in Gurley spent much of Monday loading up salt and attaching spreaders to trucks, not taking any chances on a system that could make things dicey on area roadways.

"We'll just make sure we got all our trudcks filled up and ready to go," said Madison County District Three Commissioner Eddie Sisk, who oversaw last-minute preparations at the shed. "We will have all the guys in District Three on standby. Just as soon as we see the weather move in then we'll make the calls to bring them in...Looks like it's going to be after midnight for it coming in, and that's going to be a big plus for us because we can get our equipment out there and do more work without traffic being on the road."

Sisk said workers were ready for a long night, but admitted his small arsenal of supplies could only do so much. District Three has five trucks equipped with salt spreaders to go with three backhoes, and just a limited amount of salt available for a swath of territory that covers Gurley, New Hope and parts of Huntsville. Sisk said his advice to motorists was short and simple.

"If you can stay off the roads, stay off the roads."

Commissioner Sisk said his crew is equipped with a skid-steer that has a broom. The skid-steer is specifically used for Keel Mountain near Gurley, often one of the first areas to freeze over during winter weather.