Alabama prepares for snow

Jefferson County sand truck (source WBRC video)
Jefferson County sand truck (source WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - From Mobile to Muscle Shoals, people all over Alabama on Thursday prepared for snow.

A storm system was moving across Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas Thursday, headed for Mississippi and Alabama Thursday night and Friday.  Forecasters said the storm was expected to bring a mixture of snow and rain to everyone in Alabama, with snowfall occurring anywhere from Mobile and the Gulf Coast to the Tennessee Valley.

Forecasters said people living between Birmingham and Montgomery could expect to see the heaviest snowfall, with accumulations of up to four inches possible in some areas.

Many schools systems, especially in south and central Alabama, announced Thursday afternoon plans to be closed on Friday in anticipation of the winter weather.  School officials in Mobile and Baldwin counties said their schools would be closed, along with schools in Montgomery and surrounding areas.

A few school systems in north-central Alabama also announced plans to close Friday, but others, including Shelby County Schools, said they would wait until Friday morning to decide whether or not to close for the day.

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In Jefferson and Shelby counties, leaders said they were prepared for the snow threat. Sand trucks were loaded Thursday and snow plows were ready to deploy.

The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said its office would open at midnight Friday morning to watch and wait, helping making sure the roadways are clear for emergency personnel like police, fire and ambulances.

FOX6 News crews also visited local grocery stores Thursday afternoon where lines were already forming.  Grocery managers said they ordered extra bread and milk for customers who were planning ahead for the snow.

Visit www.MyFoxStorm.com for instant weather updates and stay tuned to FOX6 News and visit www.MyFoxAL.com for continuing updates on the winter weather situation.