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Governor declares state of emergency in Alabama ahead of winter weather

Governor Robert Bentley has declared a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties in preparation for winter weather on Tuesday.

Following the state of emergency, all state agencies are directed to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated winter conditions including sleet, ice and snow.

Various portions of the state are expected to experience ice, sleet, snow and freezing rain beginning Wednesday morning and lasting through Thursday, the National Weather Service office in Alabama said.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is activating the State Emergency Operations Center in order to monitor the storm and assist county Emergency Management Agencies as needed.

The State of Emergency will be effective at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Winter weather in Tennessee had claimed lives of at least 22 people last week, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said.