Bentley declares state of emergency in Ala. ahead of winter weather



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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency ahead of a weather system that's expected to bring freezing rain to part of the state.

The National Weather Service says rain will change to freezing rain and sleet in northwest Alabama early Thursday morning.

A winter storm warning was issued for north and central Alabama and forecasters say the potential for ice accumulations is greatest in the northwest region of the state. The warning is in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters say temperatures in some areas are expected to remain below freezing through Friday afternoon.

Bentley says he has ordered state agencies to prepare to respond to requests for help. Bentley says 250 Alabama National Guardsmen have been activated to help with any emergency requests.

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