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Snow in Alabama always an uncertainty

By the time you’re reading this in the paper, it’s likely any winter weather that impacted the area has already passed through Chambers County.

For the early risers, we hope you’re still watching the forecast and preparing, just in case.

At the time of this writing, Chambers County was included in a winter weather advisory, meaning there was a chance of snow on the ground and ice on roadways overnight.

Unfortunately, even for the best meteorologist, figuring out the mystery of snow in the south is like trying to launch a space shuttle. Although they don’t get the credit they deserve, meteorologists usually have a general idea of how severe weather will impact an area and provide valuable insight on possible hazards.

But snow is on another level, especially in a part of the country that doesn’t regularly get any sort of wintry precipitation.

Anyone living in Alabama or Georgia during 2014 will remember the “snowpocalypse,” which resulted in stranded motorists and ice and snow all over roadways.

The forecast was busted that day and serves as a reminder that anything — within reason — could occur weather-wise on Tuesday. We may not see any snow or we might get a couple of inches.

Regardless, the important thing is to be prepared.

And no, we don’t mean by running to the store to try to find any remaining bread or milk.

The best way to prepare is to keep up with the weather forecast, just in case anything changes before the storm comes through. Most importantly, do what you can to adjust your schedule so you aren’t driving when temperatures drop tomorrow evening. That’s when travel figures to be most treacherous because temps are expected to be well below freezing.

In the meantime, stay tuned for updates. The National Weather Service in Birmingham covers Chambers County and frequently updates social media websites with weather information.

We’ll post any updates on road closures or other information that the public should know on our website, www.valleytimes-news.com and on our Facebook page.

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