Governor Bentley declares state of emergency for Thursday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon ahead of the winter weather that’s expected to move into the state overnight.

“I have declared a State of Emergency as Alabama expects winter weather to impact our state,” Governor Robert Bentley said in a statement on his website. “I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to potential requests for assistance. I encourage Alabamians to be prepared and monitor the weather conditions.”

The state of emergency goes into effect at midnight Thursday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker and Blount counties from 3 a.m. Thursday until 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service’s warning states that the areas impacted could see “significant amounts of ice combined with periods of sleet.”

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