The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

February 10, 2014

Alabama DOT keeping close watch on storm

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A spokesman says the Alabama Department of Transportation is keeping a close eye on forecasts as another round of winter weather heads to the state.

A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to hit the state between Monday night and Wednesday.

DOT spokesman Tony Harris says the department is watching the forecasts carefully to make road treatment decisions. Salt and brine mixtures on roads can combat ice if spread on roads shortly in advance of precipitation.

A winter storm that hit the state Jan. 28 left thousands of people stranded on icy roads in the Birmingham area. DOT had shifted winter weather resources south based on forecasts that showed the ice storm would hit below Clanton.

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