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North Alabama road condition updates for Thursday's snow, ice aftermath

Roads in multiple North Alabama counties are impassable Thursday

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 6:19 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 6:11 PM

Check back for updates to this list of roads impacted by Wednesday night's snow and ice and their conditions on Thursday:

* 12:45 p.m. update: 

The Alabama Department of Transportation continues working to clear routes of snow and ice across much of North Alabama Thursday, following an all-hands response during last night’s winter storm.

Despite these efforts, hazardous conditions still exist on routes in the affected area, and motorists should refrain from unnecessary travel.

Due to sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night, residual moisture or runoff on pavements will likely refreeze into black ice. Ice may be present on roadways into Friday.

Crews will be working Thursday night to treat ice as needed.

In Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties, ALDOT crews are cutting fallen trees and plowing and treating highways.

All primary (four-lane) routes currently have at least one lane passable in each direction, and additional lanes will be cleared Thursday if possible.

ALDOT anticipates having most secondary routes cleared by nightfall.

Higher-volume routes are prioritized, meaning urban routes are likely to be cleared before rural ones.

In Morgan, Limestone, Madison and Cullman counties, interstate travel lanes have been plowed and are passable. Additional clearing is being done on ramps and shoulders.

In Madison County, all state routes are open and passable. Crews continue to clear snow and ice.

* As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Russellville City Police report Hwy 43 and Hwy 24 through Russellville is passable but still has several slick areas. All side streets are still very dangerous. If you don’t have to be out on the roads please stay home. We ask that all ATVs stay off the main roads. If you need assistance please feel free to call the non-emergency line at 256-332-2230. Only use 911 for emergencies. 

* As of 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said all roads in these counties have been deemed impassable: Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan. All DeKalb County roads are open.

* All Lawrence County roads are still impassable, per the County Engineer.

* Madison City Police report that driving conditions on Interstate 565 are "extremely hazardous." Use alternate routes if possible. Use extreme caution if you cannot.

* Athens streets are slushy and slick. Athens Police recommend no traveling Thursday morning.

* The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said roads are impassable and it has numerous reports of trees down blocking roadways:

Hwy 243- trees are continuing to fall as crews attempt to clear,
Kelley Rd, Phil Cambell
Hwy 20 near MarJac
Highway 43-Spruce Pine Mtn, SB lane completely blocked
Hwy 69
Hwy 81

* Madison City roads are still slushy. Law enforcement requests everyone restrict travel unless it is an emergency.

* Westbound I 565 to go northbound Research Park is iced over and closed in Huntsville.

* All roads across Colbert County continue to be covered in snow/ice. Road crews continue to treat areas, but temperatures will remain below freezing much of the day which will not allow roads to thaw. Some major highways (72, 20, 43, Woodward) are being treated and plowed by ALDOT, but still remain very slick.
Reminder: An IMPASSIBLE TRAVEL ADVISORY has been issued for ALL COUNTY ROADS in Colbert County.

* Alabama State Troopers also say the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency has deemed all roads in the county impassable, and all state and federal roads there have icy spots, as well.

In Lauderdale County, roads have icy conditions with stalled vehicles.

Lawrence County roads are impassable, as well, and state roads have icy spots.

We’re monitoring conditions and alerting you with the most accurate information via the WAAY 31 StormTracker Early Warning Radar Network. In addition to watching WAAY 31 News, you can access all three of our radars HERE.

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