- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state is postponing plans to focus attention on preparing for extreme weather because of the winter weather threat.

This Friday was supposed to be “Ready Alabama Preparedness Day.” Planned events included having thousands of schoolchildren gather in downtown Birmingham for sessions that include weather education.

But the state says it’s delaying the event out of caution and concern for the safety of students and first responders.

The National Weather Service says the season’s coldest-weather yet is barreling toward Alabama, and it could bring winter precipitation across northern counties. Single-digit wind-chill values could make it dangerous to be outside for very long.

A sales tax holiday is still being held despite the delay. Shoppers can purchase storm-preparation items without paying the state sales tax Friday through Sunday.

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