MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Gov. Bob Riley said state agencies will be closed Friday due to the threat of winter weather.
Gov. Bob Riley issued the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding the situation:
MONTGOMERY – After discussing the weather forecast with the National Weather Service and state and local agencies, Governor Bob Riley said state government agencies will be closed on Friday.
Exceptions include critical essential response staff as determined by each Cabinet member, agency director or commissioner.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning this afternoon and reports that the threat of snow for much of Alabama is growing.
"Based on the current forecast from the National Weather Service, and because the safety of state employees is of paramount concern, all state offices will be closed on Friday," said Governor Riley.
"The amount of snow areas of Alabama are expected to receive is rare. It's important for citizens to be aware of hazards and to be prepared for this winter weather. I urge all Alabamians to heed the caution messages of our state agencies and make sure their families and friends do the same," Governor Riley said.
State agencies have made preparations for the expected winter storm.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has personnel and equipment ready statewide. Equipment includes de-icing materials, sand and salt, dump trucks and spreaders. Crews are prepared to respond based on weather and roadway conditions in the effort to keep state, U.S. and interstate highways passable. Any road closures will be posted online at www.dot.state.al.us.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety has every available state trooper on standby status to implement its winter weather operations plan and will be ready to respond to the development of hazardous driving conditions.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has staff and field coordinators on alert status and they are prepared to assist local communities with requests for assistance. The National Weather Service is providing AEMA with updates on conditions and how the weather is expected to impact Alabama counties.