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East Ala. bracing for winter weather Wednesday

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Tabor Road in the Highlands community of Etowah County. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC Tabor Road in the Highlands community of Etowah County. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
Bellevue Road in Gadsden. Dixon Hayes says it appears it has been sanded. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC Bellevue Road in Gadsden. Dixon Hayes says it appears it has been sanded. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
The city of Gadsden has trucks ready to de-ice the roads. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC The city of Gadsden has trucks ready to de-ice the roads. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

East Alabama officials are making school and road plans ahead of wintry weather.

Several school systems in the area are closed again Wednesday. The possibility of up to four inches of snow is part of the reason why military-style vehicles are suddenly popping up.

The city of Glencoe has a couple of surplus vehicles they recently bought and some Alabama National Guard humvees were seen patrolling Tuesday. The city of Gadsden sent out sand trucks across the city and officials plan to send them out again Wednesday morning.

East Alabama had a dusting of snow Tuesday and most of it was in higher elevations like Lookout Mountain, Noccalula Falls and the Highland Community. Sardis City and Hokes Bluff also saw snow.

Gadsden-Etowah County EMA Director Mike Bryant says he doesn't want residents to be too complacent now since the weather is in what he calls a "lull."

"We've known now for a couple of days that this one is coming, we've made pre-event preparations. We've held meetings here at the EOC with all the different entities in the county. So, everybody knows this one's coming," he said.

He says residents should still prepare for potential travel issues Wednesday.

One difference between two weeks ago and this week is that temperatures aren't expected to be as cold. Bryant says that's why he's not yet concerned about the amount of ice Wednesday's weather might bring.

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