With freezing temperatures on the way, officials urge motorists to use caution
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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Vehicles travel down Quintard Avenue in Anniston Tuesday. Transportation officials urge motorists to use caution why driving Wednesday morning as freezing temperatures could create icy road condition. Photo by Bill Wilson.
Vehicles travel down Quintard Avenue in Anniston Tuesday. Transportation officials urge motorists to use caution why driving Wednesday morning as freezing temperatures could create icy road condition. Photo by Bill Wilson.
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Thanksgiving travelers should take caution during their travels Wednesday as freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation could potentially make roadways dangerous, according to forecasters.

Aaron Gleason, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Calera, said light rain will continue until midnight Tuesday, when it is forecast to turn into heavier rain. A wintry mix of rain and snow is expected to begin around 1 a.m.

Gleason said temperatures will briefly drop below freezing between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesday morning but will climb back up to the upper 30s by the afternoon, and minor accumulation of the frozen precipitation is possible.

“We’ll have one- to two-tenths of an inch of snow at the very most,” he said.

Alabama Department of Transportation officials said they expect some icy conditions to develop on bridges, overpasses and some roadways, especially in areas of higher elevation, and they advise holiday travelers to be wary.

ALDOT information specialist Rebecca Leigh White said Tuesday that road crews were waiting on the rain to die down before treating problem areas for Wednesday. White said she also expects road crews to clear any ice from roadways before traffic becomes heavy.

Travelers can call the National Weather Service at 205-664-3010 to get updated weather conditions and check on current road conditions at

http://alitsweb.dot.state.al.us/RoadConditions

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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