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ALDOT stays ready for winter weather

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Last week's winter weather is still fresh in the minds of many. (Source: WBRC video) Last week's winter weather is still fresh in the minds of many. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Department of Transportation is closely watching the forecast in case it needs to respond if we see snow. The goal is to avoid a repeat of what we saw a week ago.

ALDOT will decide on Thursday if they're going to use the sand trucks. On Wednesday, they went ahead and got them ready.

ALDOT says if the roads look bad, they will begin salting the roads after the morning commute. Some people are asking ‘why not go ahead and do it before morning rush hour?' Brian Davis with ALDOT explains why that wouldn't be good.

"If we do anything we would use salt. You need that salt to be at that location. You need that at the point you get into a problem," said Davis. "If you put it down too soon, cars sling it off the road. They get it all over them. It's not where you need it to be when you need it to be there."

Recommended emergency kit:

-one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
-three day food supply
-NOAA weather radio and batteries
-flashlight and extra batteries
-first aid kit
-whistle to signal for help
-moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal situations

For more info you can go to ready.gov.

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