Reports: Roads, bridges deemed impassable as snow, ice tracks across southern US

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 17, 2018, 9:36:48 AM EST

As of 8:17 a.m. CST Wednesday, this reports story will no longer be updated.

Snow and icy conditions will continue to cause travel concerns across the southern United States through Wednesday morning.

Numerous road closures have been reported from Texas through Alabama with roads and bridges being deemed impassable in parts of Alabama. Schools and state offices from Texas to Tennessee have announced delayed openings or closures for Wednesday due to the wintry weather.

"The icy mix is expected to spread deep into South Texas on Tuesday night, creating slick spots in McAllen and Brownsville," AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff stated. "The snow will likely progress south and east through Tuesday night, spreading across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia."

A state of emergency was declared by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday ahead of the arrival of snow. “Nearly all of North Carolina will be impacted by this winter storm, and we’re making sure North Carolina is ready," Gov. Cooper said.

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7:18 a.m. CST Wednesday:

Interstate 49 is closed in both directions from the Louisiana/Arkansas state line to Louisiana Highway 1.

6:40 a.m. CST Wednesday:

Slippery travel remains a concern in nine counties across Alabama. Residents are urged to avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary.

In Harlingen, Texas, some vehicles were abandoned on roads due to the icy conditions in the area.

2:05 a.m. CST Wednesday:

Although this round of wintry precipitation is in the past for residents of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, freezing conditions are expected to perpetuate travel issues into at least Wednesday morning.

Houston authorities have reported over 400 car accidents on Tuesday alone due to "treacherous" icy roads.

Over 800 departure and arrival flights have been canceled at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and over 200 cancellations have occurred at William. P. Hobby Airport, also located in Houston.

Airports in Dallas and Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Charlotte, South Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina are also reporting increased amounts of canceled and delayed flights. In the Carolinas, these decisions seem to be proactive, as wintry weather has not yet reached Charlotte and Raleigh.

The area of heaviest snow is currently stretching from Montgomery, Alabama through Atlanta and Washington, D.C. In Childersburg, Alabama, 2 inches of snow have accumulated.

Along the Gulf Coast, there are widespread reports of icy precipitation as well. Freezing rain is creating slick roads as far south as Pensacola, Florida.

11:55 p.m. CST Tuesday:

The Louisiana State Police have closed the Interstate 10 Twin Span Bridge in New Orleans, which crosses a portion of Lake Pontchartrain. Expansive portions of I-55, -10 and -310 have also been shut down.

10:00 p.m. CST Tuesday:

A 15 vehicle pile-up on Interstate 83 has resulted in multiple injuries in McAllen, Texas, according to emergency managers.

After a mix of rain and light snow fell during the day, temperatures at the local airport fell below freezing just after 8:00 p.m. local time.

McAllen radar 1/17

8:18 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Interstate 10 has been shut down in both directions between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As of 8 p.m. CST Tuesday, heavy snow was impacting much of southern Louisiana with snow leading to poor road conditions.



7:09 p.m. CST Tuesday:

One person has been injured in Monticello, Mississippi, after being ejected from a vehicle that flipped over after hitting a bridge, emergency managers report. All major roads across the area are iced over with snow still falling.

6:54 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Freezing rain has left a glaze of ice on some surfaces around Brownsville, Texas. People across the area should use caution when driving as the ice may cause roads to be slick through Tuesday night.

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A glaze of ice on a vehicle in Brownsville, Texas. (Photo/NWS Brownsville)

6:08 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Numerous accidents and closures have been reported along Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston. Snow will continue to impact this stretch of I-10 through Tuesday night and may contribute to additional accidents and closures.

5:00 p.m. CST Tuesday:

All county roads and bridges in Fayette County, Alabama, have been deemed impassable. People are encouraged to stay off the roads until further notice as winter weather moves across the region.

4:26 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Snow, sleet and freezing rain is impacting areas from Houston through Birmingham, Alabama, and northward across the Appalachian Mountains.

Road conditions will deteriorate as the sun sets and snow accumulates on untreated surfaces. Motorists should prepare for travel delays when driving across the region on Tuesday night.

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4:20 p.m. CST Tuesday:

A State of Emergency has been declared in North Carolina in preparation for the impending wintry weather.

3:38 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Snow is leading to slick travel across northern Alabama, including some roads around Birmingham and Huntsville.

The Winston County Emergency Management Agency will deem all roads across Winston County, Alabama, impassable starting at 6:30 p.m. CST Tuesday.

2:55 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Many roads are closed around Houston, including major highways. Houston's Office of Emergency Management is telling people not to venture out in the wintry weather as people will be at risk of being in an accident or getting stuck in traffic due to an accident.

1:00 p.m. CST Tuesday:

There is a wreck on State Highway 288 near US-59 in Houston, Texas. Keep in mind that a bridge or overpass surface will fall below freezing very quickly, causing rain and snow to freeze and stick to the bridge.

11:45 a.m. CST Tuesday:

Accidents are being reported throughout northwest Alabama due to the wintry weather. Officials continue to recommend motorists avoid driving unless necessary.

11:20 a.m CST Tuesday:

The scene on KY54 in Kentucky near the Daviess and Ohio County line has been cleared. The road is open for motorists now.

10:23 a.m CST Tuesday:

In a Tuesday morning press conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged residents to avoid driving on bridges and overpasses. He also said that at least 11,000 customers were without power in the city.

9:48 a.m. CST Tuesday:

Numerous highway closures are being reported around San Antonio, Texas, due to icy conditions. There have also been several accidents in the area.

9:25 a.m. CST Tuesday:

The Louisiana State Police report that roadway conditions continue to deteriorate across northern parts of the state.

Secondary roads are also becoming dangerous to drive on in northern Alabama including Madison County.

8:21 a.m. CST Tuesday: Roads are snow-covered or slick around Frankfort, Kentucky, located about 90 minutes east of Louisville, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Frankfort, Kentucky roads

Roads are covered in snow near the intersection of U.S. route 60 and U.S. Route 421 in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo/Kentucky State Police)

7:07 a.m. CST Tuesday:

Looking at the road conditions as compiled by the Tennessee Highway Patrol around Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee, the City of Memphis announced it had deployed snow plows and salt spreaders around certain prioritized routes.

6:57 a.m. CST Tuesday:

Icy conditions are being reported throughout northwestern Mississippi on roads and bridges. The University of Mississippi announced that classes were cancelled, and offices would be closed today due to hazardous road conditions.

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(Mississippi Department of Transportation)

6:39 a.m. CST Tuesday:

State offices are closed throughout Louisiana due to the freezing temperatures. The Louisiana State Police has announced many road closures.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, several accidents were reported on Interstate 20 due to icy conditions, the Shreveport Police reported.

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