Governor Robert Bentley declares a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties in preparation for winter weather that is expected to move through Alabama. Bentley said, "With winter weather expected to impact Alabama, we are taking precautions to protect Alabamians...By issuing a State of Emergency, I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated winter conditions including sleet, ice and snow. We will actively monitor the storm as it begins to hit the state and are prepared to respond to any requests for assistance." Governor Bentley has authorized 250 Alabama National Guardsmen to prepare to respond to any emergency requests for assistance. The State of Emergency will be effective at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.