TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) - Many major roads in north Alabama are improved because they've been plowed or scraped, or several cars have traveled on them. That's the good news, despite travel not being advised.
The bad news, secondary roads are still a mess and any slush/water left on them will refreeze tonight. Temperatures will plunge into the 10s and 20s after midnight, and we are expecting more travel problems on Friday morning. Get the latest on WHNT.com or Valleywx.com.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Tennessee Valley through 3 p.m. Thursday.
There is still very little impact in Scottsboro, Albertville and Fort Payne. Freezing drizzle and light freezing rain showers may cause some slick bridges this afternoon.
Here are the trouble areas:
Road crews have been working on many of the main roads. As of 1:30pm: Chapman Mountain is back open, Cecil Ashburn is open as well as Carl T. Jones.
Many of the elevated roadways remain closed, including Memorial Parkway, Interstate 565, Cecil Ashburn Drive, Bankhead Parkway and Green Mountain Road. All roads should be considered slick, especially secondary neighborhood roads.
North Memorial Parkway, up to Hazel Green, is open but very slick, especially north of Mastin Lake Road.
The Whitesburg Bridge (Highway 231 at the Morgan/Madison County line) is slick, but passable, according to police.
In Madison, police say Eastview Drive remains impassable, and all roads in the area near Eastview remain treacherous, as of 1:30 p.m. The Hughes Road overpass remains closed. Use caution - all roads have many slick spots.
I-65 is open, but there are many slick spots. Multiple wrecks have been reported throughout the morning, police say. The Tennessee River Bridge (Hwy. 20) is extremely slick.
City streets are iced over throughout Athens, and many roads are impassable. Everyone is urged to avoid travel except in EMERGENCY conditions. Police, Fire, and EMS will continue to respond but residents are asked to hold non-emergency calls for service until road conditions improve.
Crews will be out sanding the roads when it is safe to do so. As of 12pm, roads were still icy, as you can see in these photos from Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says roads are unsafe at this time, and says the Sheriff’s Department will be working EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY until conditions improve. All non-emergency calls will be delayed until the weather improves and allows the department to follow up. Lawrence County residents are urged to stay off the roadways and use caution in any travel or outside activity. All roads and bridges should be considered IMPASSABLE until further notice. Members of the general public are advised that when roads and bridges become IMPASSABLE all travel should be suspended or delayed. Only emergency vehicles should travel on county roads and bridges until further notice.
Roads in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties are covered in ice. EMA offices urge drivers to stay off the roads. If you must drive, please use extreme caution. Slow down and allow extra room for stopping. Reminder - please use 911 and dispatch lines only for emergencies.