County braces for more wintry weather
by Jennifer Cohron & Rachel Davis
Feb 12, 2014 | 1780 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
No major disruptions were reported in Walker County Tuesday as a result of a winter storm that moved through in the early morning hours.

“We dodged a bullet,” said Regina Myers, coordinator of the local Emergency Management Agency.

County crews were out placing sand on icy spots in some areas Tuesday morning.

Members of Cordova Fire and Rescue responded to a call on Interstate 22 around 7 a.m. that is suspected to be weather related.

Fire chief Dean Harbison said three vehicles that had already been abandoned by their owners were discovered in the area near exit 70.

“One vehicle hit the bridge. We couldn’t see any ice, but there was a force that hit the bridge. Two other vehicles were off the road in the same vicinity,” Harbison said.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Walker and surrounding counties until 6 a.m. Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, this second round of wintry precipitation will likely produce higher accumulations of snow and sleet across north central Alabama than the round that came through Monday night.

For the second straight day, area schools will be closed today due to the threat of severe winter weather.

With the area under a Winter Storm Warning, Walker, Jefferson and Winston County school systems will be closed again today. Jasper City Schools and Sumiton Christian School will also be closed today.

Bevill State Community College will delay opening until 9:30 a.m. today at all its campuses.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued a state of emergency late Monday, activating the state’s emergency operations center to coordinate disaster operations and ensuring that schools would not have to make up the missed school time.

The Walker County Courthouse, EASI Therapeutic Riding Center and various other locations will also be closed today.