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Driving conditions hazardous across the Valley

By Derek Kinkade   - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A half inch of freezing rain and sleet has left slush and ice on roads, bridges, and overpasses across the Valley.

There have been numerous accidents, and travel is discouraged unless absolutely necessary.  Bridges and overpasses will be the first to experience any problems since they are elevated surfaces and will become colder more quickly than the roadways.

All Lee County, Alabama county roads have been closed, along with county roads in Barbour County, Alabama.  If you must be out and about today, use extreme caution and drive much slower than the speed limit.

FORECAST BREAKDOWN --

MORNING:  Freezing rain and sleet will continue across the Valley through the mid-morning hours, though precipitation should be relatively light.  Some additional freezing rain and sleet accumulations are expected.

AFTERNOON:  Temperatures should slowly start to climb above the freezing mark by late in the afternoon for some across our viewing area, perhaps staying at the freezing mark or below across our northern counties.  Precipitation should be tapering off as we head into the early afternoon hours from west to east.  Highs today will hold in the 30s.

TONIGHT:  While most precipitation will be over tonight, temperatures will drop below the freezing mark which could cause more issues with water re-freezes on bridges and overpasses.  Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution tonight and early Tuesday morning when traveling.

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