Winter weather road conditions in Central Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Wondering what the roads are like in your area? Here’s what we know about the current conditions:


4:30 AM UPDATE: Henry Road in Anniston is now open from 10 Street to the bypass.

Columbiana Road in Vestavia Hills is still closed northbound and southbound between Shades Crest Road and Lakeshore Drive because of ice.


8:00 AM UPDATE: Shades Crest Road in Vestavia Hills is now open. There are still patches of ice, so drive with extreme caution. Columbiana Road northbound from Shades Crest Road to Homewood city limits is still closed due to ice. Henry Road in Anniston is still closed and will remain so.

6:30 AM UPDATE: Black ice has been reported on I-20 at Oporto Madrid, I-20/59 southbound at Tallapoosa to 31st and on Red Mountain southbound onto Highway 280.

5:00 AM UPDATE: Henry Road in Anniston remains closed from 10th Street to Bypass.

Bypass Toll Bridge in Tuscaloosa/Northport is closed until midday.

Shades Creek Parkway in Vestavia Hills is closed eastbound and westbound from 280 to Columbiana Road. Columbiana northbound is closed from Shades Crest to Lakeshore.



9:40 AM UPDATE: Roadways in Anniston are open except Henry Road.

9:25 AM UPDATE: Tuscaloosa County EMA says all roads and interstates are open in Tuscaloosa. There are still some icy spots on roads bridges, overpasses, and shaded roadway areas.

8:45 AM UPDATE: St.Clair County EMA say I-20 from Moody to Pell City is open. A few slick spots reported in Leeds/Moody area. Pell City to Oxford and traffic moving smoothly.

I-59 Jefferson County line to Etowah County line, traffic moving smoothly. ALDOT says there’s still icy patches on bridges.

Highway 231 from Pell City to Ashville is passable but icy.

All roads in Argo passable.

Moody – Whites Chapel Road still impassable.

Highway 78 from Pell City to Riverside now passable, but very icy.

All roads in Springville passable

8:20 AM UPDATE: All roads in Vestavia Hills, with the exception of Columbiana Road and Shades Crest Road, are now open.



8:00 PM UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning for much of our viewing area. CBS42 Meteorologist Nate Harrington says any wet areas on the roads will refreeze overnight as we experience temperatures around 10° in the northern part of the state to 20° in the southern part.


Gov. Bentley asks motorists to avoid areas where the freezing temperatures may affect conditions. The Alabama Department of Transportation is continuing to treat roadways and monitor conditions. You can check their website here:

7:15 PM UPDATE: ALDOT placed barricades on Alabama Highway 25 between Elliott Lane near Leeds and County Road 491 near Vandiver. Dangerous road conditions exist in this section. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

5:15 PM UPDATE: Alabama State Troopers say I-20 eastbound in Jefferson County is now open. They advise motorists to use extreme caution in the area.

4:40 PM UPDATE: Alabama State Troopers advise that I-20 is still experiencing significant travel issues in both directions between the 142 mile marker and I-459 in Jefferson County. I-20 eastbound is closed and westbound is moving very slowly. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

3:38 UPDATE: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff tweeted I-359 has been reopened.

3:10 PM UPDATE: From the Alabaster Police Department Facebook page: “ALL roads are open at this time. However, road conditions are still not ideal. Please use extreme caution if you chose to travel. We will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions to determine if they are safe for travel. Updates will be posted as available.”

3:00 PM UPDATE:  Multiple 18 wheelers have crashed on I-20 E from Irondale to Leeds.

I-20 E stopped near the Outlets at Grand River and is backed up to I-459 interchange. Troopers are trying to clear the roadway of several crashes.

CBS42 Meteorologist Nate Harrington says we will see more cold overnight, which will refreeze wet spots on the roads.

2:30 PM UPDATE: 

1:30 PM UPDATE: Homewood Fire Department tweeted that Highway 31 from the YMCA to Vestavia Hills is closed again. Homewood Police have responded to numerous wrecks on 31 due to icy conditions.

State troopers say all lanes of I-20 East and West near I-459 are closed at this time. Troopers are trying to clear the roadway of several crashes.

1:05 PM UPDATE: City of Anniston opened all roads with the exception of Henry Road. Extreme caution is advised with shaded areas remaining slippery. Avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary, officials say.

11:30 AM UPDATE: Birmingham police are asking drivers to stay off Niazuma Ave, saying it is very slick at the steepest incline.

Pelham police say most roads are now passable, and to use extreme caution if you must drive. Some roads still have ice patches and slippery conditions are possible.

All roads are still closed in Vestavia Hills, police say.

10:50 AM UPDATE: Counties with roads closed.

10:20 AM UPDATE: City of Tuscaloosa is closing I-359. You’re advised to stay off the roads in Tuscaloosa.

10:00 AM UPDATE: From the Hoover Police Department Facebook page: “Hoover roads are not officially closed. However, it is highly recommended to stay off of the roads given the temperatures and already slick conditions. The areas that are normally problems (hills, bridges, overpasses, residential areas, etc.) in this type of weather event are the usual suspects again. It has been shared with us that the stretch of Interstate 65 (south and north) is not passable at this time. It is not immediately known if/when crews will be able to work on that area. Highway 31 (north and south) is extremely questionable. Although there is no one stranded at this time, there are sporadic vehicles that have been left on the sides of some roads. Again, travel in these conditions are highly discouraged. Please, if at all possible, do not venture out unless it is absolutely necessary. Unless more information becomes available, this will serve as the last update until temps rise and road conditions change (which might not be until tomorrow).”

Call us if you need us. 911 for emergencies, 205-822-5300 for non-emergencies.

9:10 AM UPDATE: All Alabaster roads remain closed at this time. Highway 31 is still reportedly extremely dangerous.

9:05 AM UPDATE: Pelham Police are reporting on their Facebook page that I-65 has now been opened. However the rest of the Pelham roads remain closed at this time.

9:00 AM UPDATE: Chilton County 911 is reporting all Chilton County roads are deemed passable.

8:05 AM UPDATE: Jim Gordon, the Alabaster Fire Chief, calls in to discuss conditions in Alabaster.

8:00 AM UPDATE: State Trooper Reginal King speaks with Rachel about conditions in Tuscaloosa and Greene County.

7:45 AM UPDATE: ALDOT crews are working as quickly as possible. They encourage motorists to delay travels until roadway conditions improve.

7:35 AM UPDATE: Governor Robert Bentley called in to discuss road conditions across the state.

7:20 AM UPDATE: Update from St. Clair County EMA’s Facebook page: “Known road conditions in St. Clair Co: icy, travel advisory on most. List of extremely dangerous and impassable, at this time: Hwy 174, Sanie Rd, Hwy 231 btw Pell City & Ashville, Hwy 411 in Moody. In addition, the Hwy 11 bridge south of the Girls Ranch is completely iced. I-20 West is impassable due to multiple accidents. (See picture below) Hwy 78 between Eden & Riverside is very icy but can negotiate if you travel very slow. State and county road crews have been & will continue to treat roads, but this will take a while. Advise to avoid travel if possible. If you do travel, proceed with extreme caution and go very slow.”

7:10 AM UPDATE: Governor Robert Bentley just tweeted that the worst roads conditions are I-20 from Mississippi to Georgia Line, and I-65 from Clanton to Cullman.

7:00 AM UPDATE: Chilton County roads are reported to still be impassable, travel discouraged, no estimated time on status change. Also all lanes of I-59 in Tuscaloosa County are impassible. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roadway.

6:55 AM UPDATE: Vestavia Hills Police posted on their Facebook page the following: “Although the roads have been sanded, ALL roads are still closed and travel is not recommended at this time. This is to include the Cahaba Heights area.”

6:40 AM UPDATE: Jefferson County EMA reports 18-wheeler causing roadblock on I-65 at Greensprings.

6:35 AM UPDATE: All City of Alabaster roads remain closed this morning.

6:15 AM UPDATE: St. Clair County EMA reporting I-20 Westbound at the Moody exit is at a standstill due to multiple wrecks. Also, from the Gardendale Police Department Facebook Page: “Sgt. Cotton reports at 6AM that most roads are passable. Fieldstown Rd is in good shape. Odum Rd and Tarrant Rd, exercise caution, there are plenty of icy spots. Overall, if you must get out drive slowly and cautiously; however, we still advise you to stay in till the sun comes up and dries the roadways. Thanks to all our Public Works employees, who stayed out working on the roads tonight.”

5:45 AM UPDATE: Vestavia Hills roads are still closed as of this hour as conditions remain extremely treacherous. All roads in Pelham also remain closed.

4:45 AM UPDATE: I-20 reportedly closed at MM 148. That is just East of HWY-411 near Cook Springs exit. The hill is impassible. Pickens, Randolph, Autauga and Elmore Counties all roads closed as well.

12:55 AM UPDATE: From the Pelham Police Department: I-65 Northbound and Southbound lanes, just South of exit 246 (Cahaba Valley Road exit), are completely impassible due to ice. There are also several tractor trailers stuck in travel lanes on both sides of the interstate, including one that is jack-knifed on the Northbound side.



10:20 PM UPDATE: All roads closed in Alabaster.

9:55 PM UPDATE: Mayor Walt Maddox has declared A State of Emergency for the city of Tuscaloosa do to all the winter precipitation and traffic accidents as a result.

9:45 PM UPDATE: Coosa County authorities asking everyone to stay OFF roads.

9:30 PM UPDATE: All the roads in Clay County are deemed impassible.

9:15 PM UPDATE: Stalled 18-wheeler on HWY-280 WB on the I-459 bridge. Police on scene. It’s blocking the left and center lanes of 280. Also, report of numerous vehicles in both directions abandoned on I-459 NB/SB between HWY-280 and Liberty Park. One report of a red mustang on the shoulder in the Northbound direction partially in the left lane. It crashed and is now abandoned as well. Another one right before exit 23, Northbound as well on the right hand shoulder. The front of the vehicle is crashed into the barrier wall. It is abandoned as well. In this same area on I-459 exit 23 off ramp, an 18-wheeler is sitting off the roadway. Keep in mind, all of these crashed and abandoned vehicles will be there tomorrow morning.

8:50 PM UPDATE: Clay County — ice/sleet accumulating on all main roads now. Accident reported with injuries on I-20 EB @ MM 182 (near Oxford exit). Two out of three lanes closed per Oxford Fire and EMS on the scene.

7:45 PM UPDATE: ALL ROADS CLOSED IN: Helena, Anniston, Oxford, Vestavia Hills, Chilton County, Talladega County, Calhoun County, Lowndes County and Cleburne County. More widespread closures coming in. No new accidents, but folks still on the road having to drive extremely slow with hazards on. Report of all bridges North of Birmingham on I-65 covered in ICE. Very dangerous. Stay off the roads.

5:30 PM UPDATE: Accident reported on I-20 EB at Messer Airport Hwy. Not tracking a delay there, but I am tracking a slow down at the I-459 exit on I-59 NB. A traffic curfew released from the Alabama Emergency Management copied below.

457 PM CST FRI JAN 6 2017



4:30 PM UPDATE: No new accidents reported. More reports of rain, snow, sleet across our area. Sleet especially in and around Tuscaloosa. The system continues to move closer to Birmingham. A big concern will be the bridges and overpasses developing black ice and extremely dangerous to drive on. Please remain off the roads as the majority of Central Alabama has not seen the worst of the weather yet. Tune in at 5 for complete coverage on CBS 42.

2:30 PM UPDATE: State Troopers on the scene of a wreck on I-20/59 NB at mile marker 62 in the Fosters area. Please use extreme caution IF you have to hit the road and especially through the area of the accident in Fosters. I-20 and anywhere South will continue to get more dangerous as this weather moves through the area.

1:30 PM UPDATE: Earlier delays on I-65 SB in Shelby County were due to an accident that has now cleared at Hwy-119 (exit 246). It was a single car crash that went off the roadway into the tree line. This is a reminder of how dangerous the roads are now and will be later. I am tracking a couple spots of moderate delays through Vestavia Hills and Hoover on Hwy-31, as well as on Hwy-78 in Five Points East/Irondale. No new accident reports. Still monitoring the wet conditions — rain and sleet.

12:30 PM UPDATE: Two accidents just cleared. One on I-65 NB at Green Springs Avenue, and the second cleared on I-459 SB at Acton road. Right now, tracking eight miles of traffic moving at about 15-25 MPH on I-65 SB in Pelham near Valleydale Road to the Alabaster interchange at mile marker 238. All interstates and highways are wet and slippery. A mixture of rain and sleet falling. Be extra cautious if you have to leave work. If you are home, stay there (if at all possible). Conditions are becoming less favorable.


I’ll be updating this throughout the afternoon and evening to give you the latest information on the roadways. In the meantime, follow me on social media — Twitter and Facebook, and check out our traffic map and weather forecast for more details.

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