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Huntsville City Schools dismiss early, some stranded because of ice

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Students got stuck on Monte Sano Mountain after all arteries got dangerous for drivers Thursday morning.

Traffic was backed up for miles and for hours and no one was allowed on or off the mountain.

That included children at Monte Sano Elementary who couldn't leave until roads were cleared.

Huntsville City Schools dismissed at 11:30 for falling snow.

Parents waited in line at Chapman Elementary to pick up their children and go home.

Some felt school should have been canceled for the safety of the buses and the students.

"It's actually very dangerous. I left my little one at home just in case something happened so she wouldn't be out here with me," said parent Christy Martin.

Monte Sano Boulevard and Bankhead Parkway were shut down because roads were impassable.

That meant students at Monte Sano Elementary school who don't live on the mountain were stuck.

Buses couldn't bring them down and parents couldn't go get them.

Huntsville Police blocked off the entrance to Monte Sano.

The only traffic allowed up were public works vehicles and salt trucks.

Crews were able to thaw out the roadway enough to safely allow school buses out and parents in to pick up their children.

The wait time for some parents was over two hours.

City of Huntsville schools, City of Madison schools and Madison County Schools are closed Friday.

Public works will be out Thursday night making sure primary roads are clear.

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