TENNESSEE VALLEY – A few reports of iced roads came into the News 19 newsroom Saturday morning.
Madison Police sent a Nixle alert just after 2 a.m., saying there were several roadways and overpasses with ice. Drivers were urged to use caution while traveling.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office also told News 19 there was ice on the new US-231 bridges that traverse Brindlee Mountain.
One of our staff members reported no issues along US-231 in Huntsville, but had to break out the scraper to clear a thin layer of ice off their car before heading to work.
The Limestone Emergency Management Agency sent a tweet just after 5:30 a.m. advising drivers to use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses; multiple are covered with ice.
Just before 6:30 a.m., Madison Police asked the public to avoid I-565 in Madison due to multiple wrecks and road closures.
Toney Fire confirmed crews were at multiple wrecks in their area and urged caution if drivers have to travel.
Owens Cross Roads Police reported mostly sleet in their town, but said they wrote a ticket for somebody driving 85 despite the hazardous conditions.
Just after 10 a.m., Huntsville Police said Bankhead Parkway was closed from Fearn to Gaslight and Jefferson/Washington Streets were closed from Monroe Street to I-565 – all due to ice covering the roadway.
Jefferson/Washington was reopened just after 11 a.m.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued through noon Saturday.
From the National Weather Service:
LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR DIZZLE WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE MAINLY EAST OF A LINE FROM KILLEN TO HODGES. ICING HAS ALREADY OCCURRED IN MOST AREAS, ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES, OVERPASSESS, AND IN ELEVATED AREAS. MOST AREAS HAVE RECEIVED A TRACE TO AROUND 0.15 INCHES OF ICE...WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 0.25 INCHES IN NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CULLMAN COUNTY. AN ADDITIONAL FEW HUNDRETHS OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE THROUGH NOON, BEFORE PRECIPITATION SHOULD BE ENDING FROM WEST TO EAST.