ALDOT: Arctic Cold Front Could Bring Dangerous Road Condition

December 21, 2022

MONTGOMERY The Alabama Department of Transportation is warning Alabamians
to prepare for possible dangerous road conditions as an arctic cold front moves across
the state Thursday and Friday. The arrival Thursday night of precipitation and plunging
temperatures, especially in the northern twothirds of Alabama, could cause ALDOT’s
pretreatment and response treatment efforts on roads and bridges to be minimally

Based on current forecasts, ALDOT anticipates the precipitation and sustained sub
freezing temperatures to be a challenge in much of north Alabama. These conditions
will limit the types and amounts of pretreatments that can be applied ahead of the cold
front, and notably, may affect the effectiveness of pretreatment and response efforts. In
the areas where the most severe impacts are expected, pretreatment of state, U.S. and
interstate highways and bridges began on Wednesday morning and will continue
through Thursday afternoon. ALDOT crews will be prepared to respond with ongoing
treatment efforts of those roads and bridges as the arctic blast and precipitation arrives.

In areas impacted by precipitation and freezing temperatures, travel should be avoided
if possible until conditions improve. Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution,
check road conditions before departing and allow for increased travel times.

Following any winter weather event, ALDOT crews focus first on interstates and heavily
traveled state routes and specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills,
curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges. During prolonged weather events, crews are
prepared to work around the clock in an effort to address adverse travel conditions.
Fallen trees, broken tree limbs and downed power lines can also block roadways.
ALDOT and other first responders will have crews working to remove debris on state,
U.S. and interstate routes, so drive with extra care and attention to surroundings.

Motorists needing information on road conditions in Alabama should look to local news
media and go to or download the ALGO Traffic app available online in
the Apple App Store and on Google Play, as well as following ALGOtraffic on Twitter.
Motorists should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle. The
public is encouraged to check with their local county or municipality for conditions on
county and local roadways.

Appropriate driving speeds are determined based on road conditions, which on wet or
icy roads should be slower than the posted speed limit. Motorists should slow down
and, when able, move over when approaching ALDOT and other highway maintenance
personnel and emergency vehicles at work.

Here are some additional safety tips for driving in winter weather:

Plan your route and check the weather forecast before you head out.

Make sure your vehicle is in good working order, with adequate tire tread and
proper fluid levels.

Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including jumper cables, blankets, extra
warm clothing, nonperishable food, water, a flashlight, and a cell phone charger.

Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Increase your following distance to account for slippery roads.

Avoid using cruise control in slippery conditions.

Use your headlights to increase visibility and be seen by other drivers.

Don’t let winter weather catch you off guard. Plan ahead and stay weatheraware by
monitoring the news and the National Weather Service in your area for the latest
weather information.
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