ALDOT: Hazardous conditions remain; avoid nonessential travel

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) continues working to clear routes of snow and ice across much of North Alabama today, 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 tonight, residual moisture or runoff on pavements will likely refreeze into black ice — a transparent layer of ice that is difficult for motorists to detect in advance. Ice may be present on roadways into Friday. Crews will be working tonight 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 today 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.

Check road conditions through local news media and ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app, available online in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

If traveling, beware of hazardous conditions, and reduce speed as conditions dictate. Please slow down and move over if possible when approaching ALDOT and other highway maintenance personnel or emergency responders at work. Take preparedness steps such as carrying a kit including a car charger, ice scraper, jumper cables and blankets, as well as food, water and other critical supplies. For the latest preparedness tips visit www.ema.alabama.gov.