The state Transportation Department reported slick roads in five
counties in northwest Alabama on Friday morning, and rush-hour
motorists had to detour off Interstate 20/59 in Birmingham to avoid
patches of ice.
Northwest Alabama received as much as 3 inches of snow that
turned into slush on roads overnight.
Elsewhere, rainwater left over from storms froze on roadways.
Dozens of schools delayed opening as much as two hours to allow
time for the ice to thaw.
The National Weather Service said many parts of Alabama received
more than 2 inches of rain from early Wednesday through Thursday
Birmingham recorded 3.8 inches of rain, giving it a surplus
of more than 2 inches for the year compared to normal averages.