ALABAMA – Following a wintry mix of snow and rain, road conditions started to deteriorate across the Tennessee Valley.
At 2 a.m. Monday, Colbert County EMA reported black ice on the Buzzard Roost Bridge/US-72 in Cherokee.
ALGO reported the ice was clear just before 9 a.m.
DeKalb EMA Director Anthony Clifton confirmed to News 19 on Sunday morning that Third Street Gap and Beason Gap were closed due to slick conditions. He also said there were multiple wrecks along AL-35 (Wallace Avenue) and a diesel truck on its side on AL-117, making both of these state highways impassable throughout the morning and early afternoon.
However, both roads were reopened as of 1 p.m.
Shortly before 10 a.m., Clifton said there were multiple reports of hazardous road conditions on Dean Road crossing over Lookout Mountain; county authorities had deemed all county roads north of AL-35 extremely hazardous.
DeKalb EMA advises only essential travel across the county; those driving should exercise extreme caution due to dangerous conditions on multiple county and state highways. At 4 p.m., DeKalb EMA posted another update with helpful tips for safe travels during the winter storms.
By Monday morning, DeKalb EMA said all roadways in the county were passable – state routes were treated and dried overnight.
Secondary roads across the county still had slick spots, especially in northern portions of the county.
Tutwiler Gap and Wade Gap were closed as well, along with Third Street Gap coming off five points in Fort Payne.
Just after 7 a.m., DeKalb EMA reported the railroad bridge on AL-117 is extremely slick due to ice.
In Jackson County, roads were deteriorating rapidly Sunday morning according to Deputy EMA Director Joshua Whitcomb. Jackson County EMA officials will be updating road conditions in real-time on this Google Doc.
While main roadways were clear across Jackson County Monday morning, EMA officials advised drivers to travel with caution since there could be spotty patches of black ice throughout the county.
By 8:15 a.m., roads were starting to ice up across the county:
- AL-73, AL-79, County Road 245 were slick, but passable
- AL-146 (including the Paint Rock River bridge) and County Road 346 were icy, but passable
By 10 a.m., the bridges near the intersection of AL-71 and AL-117 in Flat Rock were reported to be icy as well.
Hazardous roads were also reported in these communities, with slick spots reported in Flat Rock:
In Madison County, Huntsville Police closed Monte Sano Blvd. just after 10:15 a.m. Sunday due to ice on the roadway.
An accident was also reported by a News 19 viewer who sent us a picture of those icy conditions right at Burritt on the Mountain.
Around 1 p.m. Sunday, the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency said temperatures were at 36 degrees with snow melting. Marshall EMA advised there were some slick spots on the following roads:
- Columbus City Road
- Swearengin Road
- Union Grove Road
- AL-69 going up Georgia Mountain towards Marshall Medical Center North
At 4:30 p.m., the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office posted that rain and snow had created “treacherous road conditions” across the county. They warned drivers to use extreme caution when traveling on bridges and overpasses, and cancel unnecessary travel.
By 5:15 a.m. Monday, EMA officials said no issues were reported, but still advised drivers to drive carefully and be wary of black ice on bridges and overpasses across the county.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said road conditions around Brindlee Mountain were starting to deteriorate just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, specifically on:
- Union Hill Road
- Apple Grove Road
The Sheriff’s Office urged drivers to avoid travel if possible or use caution if they must get out.
Officials posted several photos to their social media pages from Eva, Ala., and stated, “Roads are just wet right. This may change as temperatures drop!”