HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With snow falling and roads icing over in the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday, law enforcement agencies warned residents to stay off the road if possible due to the hazardous conditions.
Roads slowly began reopening in several areas on Monday, but authorities still urged drivers to use extreme caution on back roads and shaded areas that could still be slick.
According to the DeKalb County EMA, state highways have now been treated and are passable. Mountain Gap Roads have been chipped and are passable.
County Road 140, County Road 85, County Road 27, County Road 52, County Road 88, County Road 81 and County Road 83 are also open.
Drivers are still advised to use caution when traveling on the roadways.
The Travel Advisory for Jackson County has been lifted, but the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said Woodville Hill is still iced over & barricaded.
According to Brian Covington, Chief Deputy of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the following roadways were deemed “hot spots” and remain slick:
• County Road 460
• Highway 20 between Hillsboro and Trinity
• Highway 33
• Highway 36
• Highway 157 N heading towards the Colbert County line
Covington’s latest update said the agency responded to eight crashes as a result of the icy road conditions Tuesday night.
You can find more updates regarding Lawrence County roads here.
The latest update from the Limestone County EMA simply urged drivers to use caution on all roads, with areas in the southeastern part of the county and anywhere along Highway 72 east of Interstate 65 being of most concern.
According to the Huntsville Police Department, all roads have been reopened as of 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.
• All roads in the City of Madison were deemed impassable, but conditions are improving
• Green Mountain Road (south end) in Madison was closed, but is also improving with the temperatures
• Keel Mountain Road in Madison was recently salted and is expected to clear with the sunshine
Cecil Ashburn Drive reopened at noon Tuesday. Vehicles that were blocking lanes of travel have been moved to the Land Trust parking lot.
Elevated portions of Memorial Parkway, Interstate 565 and Research Park Boulevard have reopened, but are down to one lane in each direction.
According to the Marshall County EMA, State highways inside Arab City limits (US HWY 231+AL HWY 69) are mostly clear with the exception of some icy patches. Secondary streets still have icy spots.
Major portions of Grant Mountain Road were deemed impassable, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement officials, including the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), say the following roadways are closed, impassable, or should be used only with extreme caution:
• The interstate and the Tennessee River Bridge traffic is flowing.
• Hudson Memorial Bridge is moving without issue.
• Apple Grove Road in Union Hill near Brewer High School (open, but use caution)
• Highway 36 in Lacey’s Spring has improved and traffic is flowing cautiously.
• U.S. Highway 231 still has icy patches, but traffic is flowing.
• The problem areas that remain are the secondary roads, which may be impassable.
The Morgan County EMA had this to say:
“Roadway is clear and moving. Got word that 231 from Morgan City to Apple Grove road is still solid ice. There [are] several cars and trucks pulled over on the sides of the road. Use caution in this area. ALDOT only salted the mountain portion of 231.”
Drivers are asked to avoid these areas if at all possible and to use extreme caution if forced to drive in the areas.