Deteriorating wintery conditions prompt some road closings in centr abama

The snowfall blanketing parts of the state Friday has prompted some travel difficulties and even road closures.

Throughout Jefferson County, there are reports of a handful of roads iced over and slick spots county wide, said EMA Officer Chris Tate. As of 11 a.m., the only official road closing in Jefferson County was Columbiana Road in Homewood. ALDO was treating Columbiana, as well as Interstate 65 at Lakeshore.

"We've still got snow coming down for the next few hours or so and temperatures are still below 31 degrees,'' Tate said. "Hopefully in the afternoon we should be going above freezing."

"If people are at home, we want them to stay home and enjoy the snow day,'' Tate said.

There are scattered reports of trees down, and some accidents but authorities say the number of accidents is about the same as on a normal day.

Some power outages also have been reported.

Birmingham police, fire and city officials are on SWIFT alert - Snow, Wind, Ice, Fire, Tornado. The SWIFT plan calls for officers and other first responders to stay late, come in early, and make sure all critical positions are covered.

Multiple area police agencies have sent out traffic warnings. "Nonessential trips on slick roads can unnecessarily jeopardize your safety and the safety of any emergency responders who must come to your aid if you become stranded or involved in a crash,'' said Bessemer police Lt. Christian Clemons.

Road closings, advisories and updates will be listed below and updated throughout the day.

1:43 p.m. The Alabama Department of Transportation issued this statement: Currently, all highways remain open, but the public is urged to check www.algotraffic.com for alerts and road closure information, and to monitor their local news media for information about road conditions. Travel conditions could be considered hazardous in areas where there is any precipitation, whether it is snow, rain or a wintry mix. ALDOT urges everyone to avoid travel where adverse conditions are present until roadway and weather conditions improve.

Autaugua County: All roads and bridges are impassable until further notice.

Cherokee County: All roads are passable

DeKalb County: All roads are passable

Etowah County : All roads are passable 

Calhoun County :  The cities of Oxford, Anniston and Jacksonville have closed their city streets. Federal and state highways remain open.

Blount County : No roads in Blount County  have been deemed impassable but caution is advised.

Cleburne County

  • 8:43 p.m. A tree has fallen across I-20 eastbound at the 199 mile marker. Troopers are on the scene. 
  • 9:19 p.m. Use caution traveling I-20 eastbound from the 205 mile marker to the Georgia state line. There is a large amount of snow accumulation in the left lane. 

CLEBURNE COUNTY- Use extreme caution if traveling I-20 eastbound from the 205MM to the GA State Line. The left lane has a large amount of accumulation. #alastatetrooper pic.twitter.com/t922SPZJ3q

-- Ala Law Enforcement (@ALLAWENF) December 9, 2017

Coosa County: The Coosa County Engineer and County Commission have deemed the roads in Coosa County as impassable.

City of Sylacauga :  All city streets are closed until further notice.

Jefferson County:

  • Columbiana Road in Homewood is closed and undergoing treatment by ALDOT
  • Vestavia Hills police had blocked off entrance to Shades Crest Road at Rocky Ridge Road.

Talledega County: 

  • Troopers reported overpasses on U.S. 280 crossing Highway 21 are iced over.