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Road Updates: Temperatures Warming Up, Helping Melt Snow in Some Areas

(WHNT) – The snow is melting by the minute in many counties – it’s long since melted off the trees outside our windows in downtown Huntsville.

The roads are improving, too, but it’s still slushy in many areas that got more snow – especially to the east. Some roads with shady areas that don’t get as much sun are still impassable.  Higher elevations in northeast Alabama got more than nine inches Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

In some areas, trees and power lines have fallen from the weight of the snow, blocking some roads.

Most school systems are closed today, and many large businesses and public offices are delayed, so hopefully you can stay off the roads until conditions improve.

Below are county-by-county updates – we’ll update this throughout the day Thursday as new information comes in.

Do not go around barriers on roads!  They are there for a reason.  It means that road is dangerous.  You can also be ticketed.


Huntsville/Madison County

10:51 a.m. – All roads are slick and slushy, but conditions are much improved.

-Highway 431/Governors Drive over Monte Sano is open.
-I-565, including elevated portions – OPEN
-Highway 72 over Chapman Mountain – OPEN
-Memorial Parkway – north and southbound lanes OPEN
-Cecil Ashburn Drive – CLOSED
-Green Mountain Road – CLOSED
-Carl T. Jones from Whitesburg southbound on to Bailey Cove – OPEN

-Bankhead Parkway from Gaslight to Fearn – STILL CLOSED - WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith reports some areas of Bankhead are still very slushy and impassable because they are shaded – not much sunshine is getting through to melt off the snow and ice.

Colbert County

Colbert County EMA asks drivers to stay off rural roads due to hazardous driving conditions throughout the county.

DeKalb County

DeKalb County EMA declares all roads impassable.

Franklin County

No roads are closed, but people are being urged not to drive.

Jackson County 

All roads in Scottsboro and Jackson County are considered impassable.  Travel is discouraged unless it’s an emergency.  The Jackson County EMA said drivers were stranded earlier, but they’ve been take care of.

Highway 72 near Stevenson had a few accidents overnight.

Also, Highway 72 west of Scottsboro is very slick.

The Alabama Department of Transportation asks people not to drive until 12 p.m. Thursday – please let the snow and ice melt first.

Lauderdale County

EMA Director George Grabryan says the roads are slick and there is a lot of slush on them, including Highway 72. He is advising that people stay off the roads.

Lawrence County

Lawrence County EMA reports lots of slush and hazardous conditions. Jefferson Street is closed.

Viewers report roads in Moulton are very slick.

Lincoln County

We checked out road conditions just across the state line in Lincoln County and there are no travel problems as of 3:30 p.m. If you head east of there, the Tennessee Department of Transportation website shows there are some patches of snow and ice on some state highways in Franklin County around Winchester, Sewanee and Decherd.

Limestone County

Limestone County EMA says all roads are extremely dangerous to impassable.  The public is asked to not drive unless necessary.

Slush is refreezing, forming sheets of ice.

Marshall County

As of 3 a.m. Thursday all roadways in Marshall County were extremely hazardous and impassable in many locations.

Anita McBurnett, EMA Director, asks people to travel only for emergencies until crews can remove the snow packed on the roadways and treat the surfaces appropriately.

Many of the county’s secondary roads and city streets may take all day and possibly into Friday to return to safe driving conditions.

“This is a very serious and dangerous situation with the snow covered roadways and tree limbs that have fallen onto the roadways as a result of snow-laden branches,” McBurnett said.

Morgan County

12:30 p.m. - There’s a wreck on Brindlee Mountain with several cars involved in a pileup. The wreck is on the side headed in to Huntsville.  WHNT News 19 has a crew headed to the scene and we’re working to get more details on the situation.

Most roads in Morgan County are slushy. Please use caution if you must drive.

Tennessee

Alabama Highway 53 is slick and slushy.  Please use extreme caution.