Decatur area prepares for winter threat - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Decatur area prepares for winter threat

Emergency responders in Decatur kept a leery eye on the forecasts as it changed Monday night. They were trying to strike the right balance to make sure they're ready for what comes. Emergency responders in Decatur kept a leery eye on the forecasts as it changed Monday night. They were trying to strike the right balance to make sure they're ready for what comes.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Emergency responders in Decatur kept a leery eye on the forecasts as it changed Monday night. They were trying to strike the right balance to make sure they're ready for what comes.

Morgan County emergency workers had been watching the forecasts as they planed to deal with what nature threw at them. Work crews hit the roads treating for icing and loading up salt, just in case conditions got treacherous.

"It's dark out there," said Morgan County 911 Director Ryan Welty. "Black ice is hard to see in the daytime and it's next to impossible to see at night time and if you're the only car on a rural road, you may be the one to find the black ice."

The areas of greatest concern are the southern and eastern side of the county where it's hilly and rural, such as Falkville, Eva, Union Hill, and Morgan City. Morgan County 911 was prepared to camp out for the night but switched into a wait and see position as the immediate forecast became less wintry.

Decatur Police Chief Ed Taylor said, "Basically, we're in standby mode now waiting to see what events unfold. Public works does preparations in the event of hazardous road travel."

Taylor also said area drivers routinely know to slow down in snowy conditions, or simply avoid driving. Morgan County 911 reported having cots ready to go in case workers do end up pulling all nighters in their emergency dispatch.

Remember, when breaking news happens, we break it first online, by email, and by text. If you want to receive our breaking news alerts by text, pull out your phone right now and text NEWS to 44848. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877-571-0774 for support.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Serving Hope's Chocolate Challenge and Tasting for charity

    Serving Hope's Chocolate Challenge and Tasting for charity

    Monday, March 27 2017 2:35 PM EDT2017-03-27 18:35:16 GMT

    Still  Serving Hope's inaugural chocolate challenge for charity! All event proceeds will benefit local non-profit Serving Hope, Inc. Professional and Amateur contestants from across the valley and beyond will come together to showcase their skills and mastery with Chocolate in all its forms. 

    More >>

    Still  Serving Hope's inaugural chocolate challenge for charity! All event proceeds will benefit local non-profit Serving Hope, Inc. Professional and Amateur contestants from across the valley and beyond will come together to showcase their skills and mastery with Chocolate in all its forms. 

    More >>
  • Power restored following Huntsville outage

    Power restored following Huntsville outage

    Monday, March 27 2017 2:34 PM EDT2017-03-27 18:34:25 GMT

    More than 200 customers are without power in Huntsville according to Huntsville Utilities.  

    More >>

    More than 200 customers are without power in Huntsville according to Huntsville Utilities.  

    More >>
  • First Alert Weather: Severe afternoon storms

    First Alert Weather: Severe afternoon storms

    Monday, March 27 2017 12:56 PM EDT2017-03-27 16:56:43 GMT

    Today is a First Alert Weather Day for the potential for strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening. Temperatures will warm quickly, despite the cloudiness, into the mid-70s by the afternoon. ?

    More >>

    Today is a First Alert Weather Day for the potential for strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening. Temperatures will warm quickly, despite the cloudiness, into the mid-70s by the afternoon. ?

    More >>
Powered by Frankly