Russellville Police Warn Drivers After Monday Snow Fall

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An area of north-west Alabama saw a significant dusting of snow Monday morning.

For close to two hours, snow fell in Russellville covering many of the roads and ground.

It’s pretty when it falls, but the back-side of a winter snow makes law enforcement cringe.

According to police, the white stuff increases the chances of wrecks on the streets and highways.

In Russellville the sunshine on Monday may not be enough to do away with road hazards Tuesday.

“We are still going to have several areas that are not going to get any sunlight, that’s going to refreeze or what’s on there now is going to freeze solid because it is going to get bitterly cold tonight,” explained Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett.

Hargett wants to remind people that there will be several problem areas on the city’s streets overnight and into Tuesday morning.

They’re the spots where the sun is not hitting them enough to melt the snow fall.

“Reduce your speed, don’t slam your brakes on, give yourself plenty of time to stop or to make your turn or whatever you’re doing” said Hargett. ”Just slow down, that’s the best thing you can do is slow down.”

And Hargett said he cannot repeat it enough, slow down and give yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to go.

As of Monday afternoon, the Russellville City School system plans to delay the opening of schools until 10-am on Tuesday.

Police Chief Chris Hargett said the city will try and treat some of the areas that are more prone to problems, but still urges drivers to use caution.

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