TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many roads are slick and icy in Marshall, DeKalb and Etowah counties, due to snow that fell Tuesday morning. Traffic has stalled in several areas, including some major thoroughfares.
Etowah County residents are asked to stay home, off the roads and travel only in case of an emergency. All roads in Etowah County are considered impassible, the EMA says. Check this link: http://www.gecema.com/
Highway 431 was stalled on Tuesday from Attalla in to Boaz. There was a backlog for several hours in the Rock Ledge area.
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is working under emergency operations. Sheriff’s deputies are answering life-threatening calls and will only transport individuals in urgent situations. Please DO NOT call 911 to ask about roads.
“Please follow traffic laws,” says Sheriff Todd Entrekin. “If you must travel, abide by the laws and stop at red lights, obey a four-way stop. By doing so this will help clear up much of the gridlock across the County. The best advice is to stay where you are and do not travel.”
Updated Tuesday 9:50pm: Several roads are dangerous and icy. DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton said Highway 35, Highway 75, and Interstate 59 require slow travel.
There were several wrecks on Highway 68 between Crossville and Collinsville on Tuesday. This road is considered impassable, Clifton said.
A diesel truck wrecked earlier in the day on Highway 117, during the mid-moring hours, between Valley Head and Mentone. However, the truck has been cleared.
Highway 40 is considered impassable – some traffic has been on it, but the EMA urges you to stay off the road in all areas of DeKalb County.
All county roads are considered impassable, Clifton said, especially the ones that go up and around Sand and Lookout Mountains.
AL 68 is also considered impassable, according to ALDOT.
Fort Payne and DeKalb County school buses weren’t able to complete their routes when schools dismissed early on Tuesday. Students still on the buses were taken back to school. All students are safe. Parents of students in Fort Payne City Schools and DeKalb County Schools – please read further explanation here.
Several roads in Fyffe are also impassable.
Highway 75 in Rainsville is also covered with snow. See our Jack’s Cam image, updated every minute on WHNT.com.
Please stay off the roads unless it’s an emergency – please allow crews time to treat the roads.
Updated Tuesday 4:45 p.m. The Huntsville-Madison County EMA says the situation has improved on Memorial Parkway. Earlier Tuesday, there were some icy spots on the access roads at Governors Drive, University and near California.
Big Cove Road, and the side roads of Highway 431 in Owens Cross Roads, were also reported to be icy on Tuesday afternoon. Those spots will likely refreeze this evening and overnight. Please use caution on bridges and roads with higher elevations.
Updated Tuesday 4:45 p.m. all major state roads were passable, according to Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett. However, secondary roads in the county, and city side roads, have snow and ice.
Crews treated many of the roads, but now the slush is refreezing. You’re urged to stay off the roads. If you must drive, please go very slowly and watch your braking so you don’t skid. Please limit travel to necessary and emergency travel only.
Please do not call police about road conditions. Only call 911 in the event of an emergency.
Check the updated list of schools closings and delays for Wednesday.