TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Over the past 48 hours, the state has seen snow, freezing rain, black ice, and more. Combine those complications with frigid temperatures, and life has gotten difficult for many.
In Tuscaloosa County, first responders have been busy all weekend doing what they can to help folks deal with the winter weather. Driving conditions have been improving since Friday night, but there are still some roads in the county that are coated in ice.
Deputy Josh Hastings with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS42 News that they have responded to a number of vehicle accidents and are still urging motorists to use caution and to drive carefully.
“Stay off the roads if you can, there are some areas in the county where the sun hasn’t gotten too yet and they are still slick,” Hastings said. “A lot of times, you can’t see the black ice that you are traveling across until after you cross it and are losing control of your vehicle. So if at all possible stay off the roadways.”
County officials tell CBS42 News that keeping people warm and safe this weekend has been a community effort. Because of the cold weather, the Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa has been using their facility as a warming station.
Paul Thomas is experiencing homelessness, and is thankful for a warm place to stay.
“It lets me know that there is a God and it encourages me that somebody cares about me,” Thomas said. “Its clean, the food is good, they treat you like family. They make you not want to leave.”
Since Friday night, 160 people have stayed at the Salvation Army warming station. The shelter provides beds and hot meals and laundry facilities.