While temperatures fell into the single digits in north Alabama early Thursday, forecasters say it will warm up into the 40s during the afternoon.
That should melt much of the remaining snow and ice from roads, but travel was still hazardous early.
Many school systems are closed until Friday. Officials say a few teachers and students remained stranded in schools late Wednesday.
But state government and many colleges are reopening at midday Thursday, along with the state port in Mobile.
One big job that remains is removing thousands of abandoned vehicles from roadsides around Birmingham. Many stranded motorists left vehicles and walked to shelter.
Source: Associated Press