Winter weather jams up major highways in southeast

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Updated Jan 7, 2017
The National Weather Service

A swath of winter weather across the Southeast has clogged major highways in Alabama and Georgia, both states are reporting this morning. In Alabama, as of 9 a.m. Central time, ice and snow caused I-20/59, I-20 and I-459 to be impassable at points, and tractor-trailers and passenger cars blocked portions of the highway on both sides of Birmingham. In Georgia, Interstates surrounding Atlanta were also clogged due to snow and ice, but conditions are improving quickly, the state’s DOT reported.

Governors in Alabama and Georgia issued emergency declarations in advance of the storm, suspending certain hours-of-service regulations for truckers providing aid and relief efforts to the states, including emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods and services. Alabama’s emergency declaration is set to expire Feb. 5, unless canceled sooner, while Georgia’s will expire Jan. 8.

The storm also impacted other areas of the southeast.

The Texas Department of Transportation reported snow and ice across I-40 and other state highways in the Texas Panhandle on Friday, as well as a few reports of ice on bridges in the southern part of the state between San Antonio and Houston on and near I-10. Those roads have since been cleared and are passable.

Arkansas travel conditions as of 12:15 p.m. Friday.Arkansas travel conditions as of 12:15 p.m. Friday.

Most of the state of Arkansas saw a mix of snow and ice accumulation, with more ice along the I-40 corridor near Memphis. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department noted on Twitter at 6:30 a.m. Friday that snow was beginning to stick to roads and highways throughout much of the state. Updated road conditions for Arkansas can be found here.

The winter surge began moving through Mississippi Friday morning, and DOT officials say ice has begun to accumulate on a number of roads in the north and central parts of the state. Updated road conditions for Mississippi can be found here.

Tennessee road conditions as of 1 p.m. Friday. Click image to enlarge.Tennessee road conditions as of 1 p.m. Friday. Click image to enlarge.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported snow and ice mostly in the southwest part of the state, east of Memphis. Patches of ice and snow have been reported along I-40 in Tennessee west of Nashville. Updated road conditions for Tennessee can be found here.

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