Winter Weather Still Causing Area Road Issues: Stay Home if You Can

A layer of snow and ice continued to cause travel issues throughout West Alabama – and much of the state, on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures did not climb above freezing, meaning many area roadways remain dangerously slick or impassible entirely.

Emergency officials spent much of the day responding to accidents and stranded motorists, and continued to recommend that everyone stay put if at all possible.

In terms of road closures, as of Saturday afternoon, these were some of the conditions in and around Tuscaloosa:

I-359 was reopened around 3:30 p.m., per the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department.

Restricted Access Roads (ice/slush still making travel dangerous):

25th Ave E between 2nd St E and 7th St E

Jug Factory Rd at 51st St E

26th Avenue East at Skyland Boulevard (passable)

Kicker Road between Hargrove Road E and Carriage Lane

For LOCAL road information in Tuscaloosa:

https://twitter.com/tuscaloosacity and https://twitter.com/TuscCoSheriff

FYI: If you need information on statewide road/travel conditions (this includes I-20/59)

https://algotraffic.com/

Locally, Tuscaloosa 311 is open for non-emergency calls.

If you know of anyone who needs a warm place in Tuscaloosa, you can contact Tuscaloosa Police or Tuscaloosa FireRescue. Call (205) 349-2121.

The bottom line: Do not get out on these roads. Some roads deemed passable could very easily become impassible. With temps again expected to dip into the teens across much of Alabama on Saturday night, conditions were expected to deteriorate. Roads will refreeze. The National Weather Service said temperatures should go above freezing sometime on Sunday afternoon.

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