Temperatures climbed into the mid-50s by the afternoon, thawing out much of the snow and ice that had trapped vehicles and cars throughout the county on Tuesday. All Anniston streets except Greenbrier Dear Road and Henry Road were open Friday morning, but the sun and City Street Department crews worked together throughout the day to remove the barricades from the final two closed streets by midday.
“Due to their elevation they present unique challenges,” said Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart about the final two streets closed early Friday. “The sunshine will be our best friend today.”
County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm said only Whites Gap Road remained officially closed by the county Friday afternoon, and he expected to open the street Saturday morning.
“We’re almost there now, but I’d rather err on the side of caution,” Rosenbalm said late Friday. “We got a few more hours of sun today, and the temperatures will be back up tomorrow, so I’m sure we can open it then.”
Bain’s Gap Road, maintained by the Alabama Department of Conservation, also remained closed Friday afternoon.
Sgt. Steve Jarrett of the Alabama Department of Public Safety said state troopers had investigated seven weather-related accidents that caused nine deaths in the state, none of which occurred in Calhoun County.
All county schools were closed Friday, as well as Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University. School officials said classes would resume on Monday.
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