Travel Conditions


Rising temperatures began melting away some of the icy slush left over from as much as a foot of snow in Alabama this morning. Travel was still dangerous across north Alabama earlier today. The Alabama Department of Transportation plowed snow off major roads, and the sun peeked through at times to help. Still, dozens of drivers spent hours in vehicles stuck overnight on a slippery Interstate 65 north of Birmingham because of wrecks. The National Weather Service said preliminary reports showed a foot of snow fell in Marion County, near the Mississippi state line, with 12.7 inches in the town of Guin and 11 inches in Lamar County. Etowah County E-M-A’s Denise Cooey commented on how her county faired.Power outages affected about 12,000 homes and businesses at daybreak, according to Alabama Power Company, but crews worked to restore electrical service. Forecasters say once all the totals for snowfall are in areas in the state’s northeastern and northwestern corners could break snowfall records. Snowfall totals of 6 inches and more were common across a wide area north of Interstate 20. The story was different just south of I-20, with Shelby County receiving 1 inch of snow or less.

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