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Driving Conditions Becoming Very Dangerous

| 7:04 pm January 7, 2010 | Comments (13)

We are getting dozens of reports of ice related accidents, especially over the central and eastern part of Alabama this evening. There is great concern for those driving home from BCS Championship gatherings and parties.

Some notes…

*Etowah County EMA reports ALL roads in Etowah County are closed now.

*From Twitter: Roads around Jacksonville freezing fast. Just left house to find wreck near by. I slid off road trying to avoid it.

*Oneonta police department has closed all city streets until further notice due to icy conditions.

*Roads in Cleburne County are becoming icy…a number of accidents on County Road 24 and State Highway 281 going to Cheaha.

*Road all over Randolph County becoming icy…several accidents…extra deputies are on patrol and reporting ice all over the roads.

*Snow is coming down real good here in Wedowee right now…grassy areas and driveways are becoming covered.

More updates coming…

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  1. Handgrenade says:

    Thanks for the update, I will put another light and phosphorus lamp on the ole’ mule going down the road.

  2. tyler williams says:

    Conditions are very bad here in West,Ga ! Still sleeting and snowing here and everything is white with a layer of ice under that! They are thinking about closing all roads. The radar show more snow/sleet for several more hours.

  3. Steph says:

    Wow, this was the first time I can remember that my weather radio went off regarding winter weather. Kind of scary at first because I didn’t know what could be going on!

  4. Dirk Baeuerle says:

    As far as I can tell – roads here around my apartment are still drivable. Sidewalks, though, are ice!

  5. tyler williams says:

    They have issued a CIvil Emergency Message for Central and Eastern Alabama due to it still snowing/sleeting and the roads are horrible.

  6. sj says:

    In Montevallo we had a few bursts of heavy sleet. The back deck and drive way are covered in ice and very slick. Haven’t ventured out any farther, but Im sure the roads are just as bad. Wondering about getting to work/kids to school in the morning. Just wish the schools would close for an extra day around Shelby Co. but doubt they will after a complete waste of a weather day today.

  7. David Maddux says:

    It is raining in Chambers Co. in East Central Al. I just hope it quits before the temperture drops any futher.

  8. Jason says:

    Had some snow bands move through Columbiana in the last hour. We had a quick dusting. Looks like another light band developing over Calera and headed east.

  9. tyler williams says:

    URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
    CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
    ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA
    RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    713 PM CST THU JAN 7 2010

    THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF SEVERAL
    LOCAL ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES.

    ICY ROAD CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL
    ALABAMA. OVER THE PAST HOUR…MANY ROADS HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY
    TREACHEROUS…AND DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE BECOMING DANGEROUS.

    NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AT THIS TIME ACROSS A LARGE AREA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    ONLY TRAVEL ON AREA ROADWAYS IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY OR IF THERE
    IS AN EMERGENCY.

    IF YOU HAVE TO DRIVE…USE EXTREME CAUTION AS THIS IS A DANGEROUS
    AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION.

    AS THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS CONTINUE…ADDITIONAL ROADWAYS
    WILL ICE OVER FOR ALL OF THE COUNTIES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA.

  10. Trish says:

    I’m curious why they are not closing school for the Shelby Co. area. There has been rain/sleet in the area. Not looking good for travel in the morning if the temperature keeps dropping.

  11. Tony says:

    Temp @29 in Ashland,all roads in Clay County are in very bad condition,still have
    a good snow coming down,been snowing for about 1 hour since the switch from freezing rain and sleet,about one half to three quarters inch of snow on the ground

  12. PaulaW says:

    (Columbiana) No precip falling now, but an hour or so ago it was coming down pretty good. My porch / deck is now covered with sleet / frost / ice / and sundry other frozen precip.

  13. Rooster says:

    Any reports on road in Jackson or Madison counties tonight???

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