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WEATHER ALERT: Current road conditions in central Alabama

(WIAT) -- - As the freezing cold settles into central Alabama, keep up with reported road conditions by county:

ROAD CONDITIONS REPORTED THURSDAY:

TALLADEGA COUNTY:

As of 8:30 A.M., the Talladega County EMA has announced the following road conditions:

- Talladega County roads and Town of Munford roads are deemed impassable until further notice
- City of Childersburg roads are closed until further notice
- City of Lincoln roads are open with a travel advisory
- City of Sylacauga roads are closed until further notice
- City of Talladega roads are closed until further notice
- State roads are open

ROAD CONDITIONS REPORTED WEDNESDAY:

5 PM UPDATE FROM ALABAMA STATE TROOPERS:

"The sun is setting. Temperatures are dropping. Melted snow and ice are freezing again. Please restrict driving to emergencies only."

CALHOUN COUNTY:

From the city of Anniston -- 

Anniston city roads reopen at 4PM today, Jan. 17. Major roads are in good condition with the exception of a few icy patches. Side streets and shaded areas have icy patches. Use extreme caution and avoid Henry Road and Greenbrier Road if possible as they are still frozen on the surface.

 

Anniston City Hall will open at 10AM tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 18.

 

The warming station at Carver Community Center remains open until further notice.

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:

The following roads are now open in the city of Tuscaloosa:

  • Woodland Road
  • 25th Avenue East
  • Jug Factory Road
  • 26th Avenue

LEE COUNTY: 

ALEA: Avoid eastbound lanes of U.S. 280 at mile marker 99 in Lee County. 

10:20 AM UPDATE WEDNESDAY FROM ALABAMA STATE TROOPERS:

We are not experiencing any significant hazardous road conditions at this time, other than some secondary roads in rural areas where there have been a few slick spots reported,. However, we urge motorists to drive with caution as there may be patches of black ice on roadways and overpasses.

TALLADEGA COUNTY: 

All roads in the city of Talladega will remain closed. 

ST. CLAIR COUNTY: 

Moody Police say roads seem to be passable, but they are urging citizens to be aware of black ice. Park Avenue and Kelly Creek Rd have black ice due to a water main break.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:

Vestavia Hills Police Department posted the following statement on Facebook regarding road conditions: 

"The Main roads and most secondary roads are fine in Vestavia Hills. Caution should always be taken when temps are below freezing. No roads are closed at this time. Drive carefully if you need to get out. When the sun goes down try to avoid being out on the roads. Call 978-0140 to report a hazardous situation that you encounter."

Birmingham Police say ice has accumulated on the sides of roads, but it's nothing safe driving cannot handle. 

"No major road issues. Ice is accumulated on the sides of the roads and streets with a few patches here and there, nothing safe driving can’t handle. Some neighborhoods may have ice issues but others may not from what we saw. Hills should remain a cautious area. Downtown looks okay.  - Sgt. Bryan Shelton"

As of 4:14 a.m. Wednesday morning, ALEA says this about Birmingham roads via Twitter --

"Birmingham- Please continue to use caution if you absolutely must travel. It’s important to know that some areas throughout the metro area received more snowfall than others. The Interstates appear to be in overall good shape. Secondary roadways less traveled are still hazardous."

Hoover Police -- 1:20 PM UPDATE - Hugh Daniel Drive has been worked on by crews and is now open. Hoover Police say some shaded spots haven't melted completely, so continue to exercise caution on this road. 

CHILTON COUNTY: 

Chilton County roads are reportedly impassible due to ice. 

 

 

SHELBY COUNTY: 

Helena Police say all roads are open, but they encourage drivers to use extreme caution around the following locations:  

  • Hwy 17 @ Sunnybrook
  • Hwy 17 @ Fox Valley
  • Hwy 261 @ 3rd St
  • Hwy 17 near Express Oil
  • Hwy 95 near Hwy 52 intersection

There may be other locations with icy patches.

Alabaster Police:

***UPDATE: AS OF 09:10AM THE FOLLOWING ROADS ARE OPEN IN ALABASTER.

ALL OTHER ROADS ARE STILL CLOSED AT THIS TIME.

  • HWY 31
  • HWY 119
  • HWY 68
  • HWY 11/SIMMSVILLE ROAD
  • PROMENADE AREA
  • INDUSTRIAL ROAD

All other roads are still closed. 

Columbiana Police tell CBS 42 that all roads have ice and snow on them. 

"We continue to get calls about the roads, and that's fine. All roads have ice and snow on them. All roads. We don't recommend that anyone drive on them. But, if you must, please drive slow. Take your time. Plan on your travel taking at least twice as long as usual. Be careful!"

According to Pelham Police, all roads in Pelham are open. Police say to use extreme caution if you must get on the roads.

From the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 PM - 

Deputies patrolling report icy spots on County Road 26 and County Road 70. Please use caution in the areas. Issues we brought to your attention this morning have cleared up. Hugh Daniel Drive is also now open.

LEE COUNTY: From state troopers at 10 a.m. Wednesday--

Avoid eastbound lanes of U.S. 280 at the 99 mile marker in Lee County. 

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HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS REPORTED TUESDAY:

BLOUNT COUNTY:

  • Roadways around Hwy 31 in the west portion of the county are beginning to glaze over with ice. Use caution when traveling in those areas. -- From Blount County EMA at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday
  • Ice on Road or Bridge 33350 STATE HWY 75 INT, ONEONTA via ALDO at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday
  • From Blount County EMA at 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday: "We are beginning to receive reports of slick conditions on roadways in the county. Although roads have no roads in the county have been deemed impassable, we encourage everyone to use caution when driving."
  • From Blount County 911 at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday: 
  • Ice on Road or Bridge 87104 US HWY 278 INT, ALTOONA
  • Ice on Road or Bridge 4460 RED VALLEY RD, REMLAP
  • From Blount County 911 at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - County highways north of US Hwy 278 and west of State Hwy 79 have been deemed impassible.

CALHOUN COUNTY: Sheriff Matthew Wade says roads and bridges are icing over on some rural roads. "The temperature is well below freezing, so our roads are hazardous. Use caution if you must drive!"

Anniston - 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, Chief Denham of the Anniston Police Department has ordered all City of Anniston roads closed. Road conditions will be monitored throughout the night and an update issued tomorrow morning.

CULLMAN COUNTY: Cullman County EMA said Tuesday night at 9 p.m. --

...Widespread Hazardous Travel Conditions Will Continue Overnight
into Wednesday Morning...

The combination of bitter cold, subfreezing air and snow 
accumulations has led to the development of black ice on area 
roadways. Emergency management and law enforcement officials have 
reported slick roads and dangerous travel conditions across North 
Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee, particularly on secondary 
roads.

These hazardous travel conditions will persist through much 
of Wednesday morning, including the rush hour commute as 
temperatures will remain well below freezing. Travel is strongly 
discouraged and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary!

If you must travel, use extreme caution, especially on bridges, 
overpasses, and elevated highways where water freezes first. Do not 
assume that a well traveled road will be free of ice. Dress warmly
and keep a winter travel kit in your vehicle.

ETOWAH COUNTY: Piedmont Police report as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening road conditions on US Hwy 278 West toward Gadsden, Tom Bible Hwy/AL Hwy 200, and AL Hwy 21 are deteriorating rapidly. Road conditions in town are still just wet for now.

From Etowah County EMA Tuesday night at 9:49 p.m. --

..HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING...

Even though the snow has mostly ended across areas along and north
of I-59, the combination of bitter cold and minor snow accumulations
will produce icy patches on area roadways. Emergency management 
and law enforcement officials have reported slick roads and 
dangerous travel conditions across many counties in north central 
Alabama.

These hazardous travel conditions will persist through much 
of Wednesday morning as temperatures will remain below freezing.
Travel is strongly discouraged overnight and into Wednesday
morning. 

If you must travel, use extreme caution, especially on bridges, 
overpasses, and elevated highways where water freezes first. Do not 
assume that a well traveled road will be free of ice. Dress warmly
and keep a winter travel kit in your vehicle.

FAYETTE COUNTY: All county roads and bridges are deemed impassable as of 4:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to the Alabama EMA. All state routes in Fayette County are currently passable.

The City of Birmingham has sand trucks and debris removal crews are ready 
Birmingham’s Public Works drivers remain on standby, ready to distribute sand onto main city roadways and main routes to hospitals. They will also help support travel routes for police and fire. 
The city has 150 tons of sand ready for five trucks, which are strategically located throughout the city. Sand will be placed on snow-covered roadways. The distribution of sand is not a pre-treatment process for roads. If roads have ice on them, it's suggested citizens avoid driving on them. 
Also, city limb removal and debris crews will be ready to cut or remove fallen limbs from major city roadways and in emergencies.

 

Pleasant Grove (via Pleasant Grove Dept. of Public Safety Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.) -- We’ve received a report that Dogwood Lane has accumulated some icy spots. As the temperature continues to drop, the road conditions will continue to worsen. Please stay off the roads if at all possible.

Tarrant - Tarrant PD report as of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday that side streets are becoming click. They urge caution if you must drive, but say if it is not an emergency to stay off the roads. 

Vestavia Hills - Vestavia Hills PD report secondary roads are starting to see some snow accumulation and icing as of 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Irondale Police as of 5:14 a.m. Wednesday morning --

"According to IPD Dispatch, our roads are open but there are some icy spots, if you have to be out, please go slow and be safe."

PICKENS COUNTY: ALDOT reports ice on AL 86 in all directions at AL 14 in Pickensville

SHELBY COUNTY: Pelham Police say Hwy 33 is starting to get icy as of 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. They report the bridge over I-65 by Pelham Oaks Elementary is almost a solid sheet of ice.

TALLADEGA COUNTY: Oxford Public Words is pre-treating bridges in the city, Police Chief Bill Partridge tweeted Tuesday afternoon. Partridge tweeted around 10:30 that some roads were covered in sheets of ice and they remain closed.

The City of Sylacauga is officially closing its streets by 9 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: The City of Tuscaloosa reports at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday that crews are applying a de-icing agent to bridges and roads in Tuscaloosa City limits.

As of right now, four City of Tuscaloosa roadways have restricted access, according to a release from the city. Those roadways are Woodland Road overpass bridge, 25th Avenue East South toward Jack Warner Parkway, Jug Factory Road just east of McFarland, and 26th Avenue East North from Skyland Boulevard.

Garbage collection has been suspended for Wednesday, but will resume on Thursday. All customers are asked to keep garbage carts, trash piles, and recycling bins at the curb throughout the week to ensure collection. Tuesday routes will be collected Thursday, Jan. 18, Wednesday routes will be collected Friday, Jan. 19 and Thursday routes will be collected Saturday, Jan. 20.

WALKER COUNTY: Walker County 911 says Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. that Parrish PD reports bridges and overpasses are iced over along with HWY 269.

Additionally, the Cordova PD PIO tweeted out a photo of an iced over bridge this evening:

Dora Police say at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that road conditions are deteriorating, and all streets within the City of Dora are deemed impassable.

Parrish Police said Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. "The roads and bridges in and around Parrish have deteriorated. The bridges are impassable and the roads are covering with “black ice.” 
Please stay home and warm! If you are at work, we highly recommend you stay and NOT attempt to drive. If you do and become stranded, in our area, call us @ 205.686.9991 for assistance."

WINSTON COUNTY: As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office reports state roads are passable but county roads are NOT. Deputies have worked a couple minor accidents from road conditions. Sheriff Moore asks you stay off the roads unless you absolutely have to travel, particularly on county roads. He added that it will only continue to worsen, and asked everyone to be careful.

UPDATE: The Winston County EMA Director Jimmy Madison says all county roads will be declared impassable at 6:30 p.m.

Tweets from ALDOT on road conditions:

This post will be updated as more information on road conditions develops. 


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