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JeffCo Sheriff's office going into emergency operations mode

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is going into "emergency operations mode" in anticipation of more winter weather Wednesday afternoon.

Non-essential employees will be allowed to leave in time to get to their homes safely by 3 p.m.

"Sworn personnel will continue normal operations up until road conditions become hazardous to travel," Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

When or if road conditions become hazardous, deputies will use 4 wheel drive vehicles, vehicles with snow chains and Humvees to respond to emergency calls only. Those vehicles will also be available for "critical transport needs," Christian said.

The sheriff's office is urging citizens to err on the side of caution in getting to a safe place before the winter storm hits, and stay there unless there is an emergency.

"As always our goal is to get through this without injury or loss of life. If everyone is prepared and follows a good safety plan we should easily accomplish that," Christian said.

A second round of winter weather is expected to hit Alabama on Wednesday. As of 11 a.m., there were already reports of freezing rain in Cherokee, Cleburne and Etowah Counties.

The wintry mix could transition into snow Wednesday afternoon with the most accumulation expected in far northeast Alabama.

Stay with FOX6 News and for the latest updates on the winter weather.

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