Bentley declares state of emergency in Ala

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is declaring a state of emergency in advance
of a winter storm that's moving into the state.

Ice is expected
to be the biggest safety threat as colder temperatures and precipitation
move into Alabama early Tuesday. Temperatures aren't expected to
rebound until midday Thursday.

Bentley says he's encouraging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.

The
National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 3 inches of snow across
central and south Alabama and ice accumulation that could lead to power
outages.

Alabama transportation crews are hustling to move salt
and spreader trucks, normally only kept in north Alabama, to the
southern part of the state.

The state is also postponing special elections that had been scheduled for Tuesday to fill vacant legislative seats.

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