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Lee County officials prepared for winter weather

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The Lee County Emergency Management Agency is keeping officials from Auburn, Opelika, Smiths Station, and Lee County up to date on the winter weather situation.

They know traveling will become more difficult on Tuesday and Wednesday.

With blue skies over the Lee County EMA building on Monday, it is hard to believe that snow could be arriving soon. City and county officials are encouraging people to stay off of the roads.

The things that cause the most problems and contribute to accidents are people simply going too fast for the conditions of the road,” said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

They aren't concerned about snow. It's the icy roads that will be problematic. The county won't sand roads until after the weather arrives.

“We don't sand ahead of time We basically don't have the manpower or finances to sand a road when we don't know how much an event is going to affect us,” said Lee County Engineer Justin Hardee.

If the wintry weather does come to Lee County, the first things that would ice over are bridges and over passes like this one around I-85. That is where officials say you need to be careful.

“Bottom line is, we tell our folks just like we tell folks out in public,” said Sheriff Jones. “Slow down, drive carefully, and watch for those bridges and over passes. Watch for low lying areas that may have some accumulations, heavier accumulations than others that might contribute to hazardous road conditions.”

The county used to shovel sand on road out of the back of the truck. In recent years, they upgraded.

“We have this one sand spreader than will address it. The reason we only have the one is this is not a regular occurrence for us. We can't stock up and put a lot of the taxpayer's dollars into equipment we don't use once or twice every two or three years,” Hardee said.

EMA officials will stay in touch with the National Weather Service to have the latest information.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says they do have chains to put on tires and other equipment to help keep their cars on the roads. They haven’t had to use them in many years, and they don’t suspect they will have to this time either.

Officials are encouraging you to limit your travel if you can in the coming days.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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