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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.
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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.

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