By Glenn Collins
Friday, January 7, 2011 | 1:01 PM
The National Weather Service and the City of Haleyville are advising residents to be prepared for a “potential winter storm.” Several weather dynamics are aligning that could repeat the Christmas Day snow event and the area has been placed under a Winter Storm Warning.
|Mayor Ken Sunseri on the phone Friday with officials from Alabama Power.|
Mayor Ken Sunseri is advising residents, if this event occurs, “Be prepared to be confined to your home for up to three days.”
The NWS advises that if you must drive, you should keep a flashlight, food and water in your car.
Sunseri said that the City is becoming fully prepared for a winter storm. “I met with all the department heads this morning,” Sunseri said, “and the hammer is back.”
The City is working with Alabama Power and the Armed Forces Reserve Training Center to establish a staging area.
The Mayor added that if it becomes necessary to close roads, most insurance companies will not cover accidents that occur on roads closed in emergencies.
Haleyville Schools Superintendent Clint Baggett issued a statement Friday saying:
“Weather predictions are sometimes on target and sometimes miss the mark completely;
“If a cancellation or delayed opening should be required, we will notify all by our emergency call service as well as notifying local and state media outlets;
"It is very important that the phone numbers on file are current and close attention is paid to local media WJJB and HBTV."
HBTV will monitor the forecast details and the situation as it develops Sunday and into Monday.