Ice, snow, sleet possible in parts of northern Alabama, Mollusk and Crayfish meeting

Jan 20, 2016

Forecasters say a winter storm moving into Alabama is bringing sleet and other precipitation to counties in the far northern part of the state.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory today for five northern Alabama counties: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson and DeKalb.

The weather service says up to one-tenth of an inch of ice could accumulate in the extreme northeast corner of the state.

Forecasters say lesser amounts of ice and some snow or sleet could fall in other parts of northern Alabama.

The League of Women Voters hosted a “Meet Your Legislators Night” in Tuscaloosa.

Lawmakers were asked questions about what would be happening in the upcoming Legislative session including Alabama implementing a lottery system. Representative Christopher England of District 70 believes a lottery could be a possibility…

“I think there is going to be some sort of bill passed that will allow a vote. Now it’s going to take a while, there’s going to be some very vigorous debates about it, but I believe that at some point we should not stand in the way of democracy and allow people to decide whether or not they want to participate in the lottery.”

Some of the other topics discussed included how they would handle the shortfalls of the general budget, health care and education.  Five members of the State House of Representative from West Central Alabama made up the panel.

Three institutions are teaming up to talk about shellfish, including Alabama’s fledgling crawfish industry. 

The 17th annual Mollusk and Crayfish Meeting is being put on by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and Jacksonville State University.

Program Supervisor Paul Johnson says participants will hear about wildlife, but also natural resource issues…

“These animals are living sometimes literally right in your own backyard. So it’s a way to learn a little bit more about some of these unique animals that are just literally all around you.”

Johnson says individuals working in fields related to Mollusk and Crayfish will learn about what’s happened to these types of seafood over the course of the year.