Snow covered Mt. Olive Road in Gardendale on Wednesday night. Source: Craig Hudson via Facebook
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Gov. Robert Bentley thanked Alabamians for staying off snow-covered roads Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
He and the Alabama Department of Transportation asked citizens not to drive until lunchtime, when warming temperatures and the sunshine would melt the snow and ice that remained on the roadways.
"I wish people would delay it some and lets not try to crowd the roads early this morning. Everything is getting okay, and we need to give it time to thaw," he said in an interview with Good Day Alabama.
The governor said he learned during a briefing from law enforcement and ALDOT that pedestrians were hit on I-459 at some point during the snowfall, but he didn't have an update on their conditions.
Gov. Bentley said no storm related fatalities have been reported. Gov. Bentley said the state was better prepared for this storm compared to the one that hit the area just two weeks ago. He said with each storm we "try to get better."
Alabama Power reported about 10,000 people were still without power at 11 a.m. Thursday. Crews have worked to restore power for more than 20,000 people statewide.
Temperatures are supposed to warm to 40 degrees and higher today and sunnier skies should help melt away the frozen precipitation.
Temperatures will dip to the freezing mark again late Thursday, but high temperatures are predicted near 60 degrees on Friday.