- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A winter storm that hit some parts of north Alabama with 6 inches of snow was threatening a second punch that could add 8 more.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of north and north central Alabama until 6 a.m. Thursday, cautioning that significant ice and snow accumulations could make driving extremely dangerous.

“It looks fairly significant. I think especially in the northeast part of the state we are going to get a significant accumulation of snow. I don’t know how far south it will go as far as the ice,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in an interview.

Bentley urged people to be cautious.

“If you don’t have to go work, then I would not. Just be very careful getting out on the roads,” Bentley said.

Forecasters predicted a mix of wintery precipitation from around Birmingham northward that could bring 1 to 4 inches of snow, and up to 8 inches in northeast Alabama. School systems that closed Tuesday announced plans to close again Wednesday

“If we can just keep people at home, and keep power, we’ll be wonderful,” Beverly Daniel, the emergency management director of Cherokee County, said.

The weather service says precipitation totals Tuesday range from less than an inch of ice and snow to 6 inches in Marshall and DeKalb counties.

Tuesday’s winter storm brought a mix of beauty and danger.

Michelle Owen of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., was driving north of Interstate 65 near Cullman on Tuesday morning when she hit an icy patch on a bridge. Her sport-utility vehicle and a car trailer she was pulling fishtailed, sending her 18-year-old son Tyler through the rear window and on to the car that was on the trailer.

“He wound up on top of the Mustang we were hauling,” she said.

An ambulance took the teen to a hospital with minor injuries, and a state trooper drove Owen to be with him.

“Oh my gosh,” Owen said, shaking in the back seat of the trooper car. “I thought it was just rain.”

Conditions were so bad near Fort Payne that a truck spreading sand slid off the road. No one was hurt.

Jackknifed 18-wheelers blocked northbound traffic Tuesday morning on Interstate 65 in Cullman County. Alabama National Guard wreckers were dispatched to help clear the roadway.

Bentley said a lesson the state learned from the crippling Jan. 28 storm was to get National Guard wreckers organized early.

“We have the National Guard in a little bit better position than we did on the 28th,” he said. He said more Guardsmen will be activated as needed.

However, people also reveled in the beauty of a rare Southern winter wonderland.

Snow-covered Lookout Mountain provided a playground for sledding and building snowmen, said Terri Camacho.

Her daughter snowboarded down their hillside on a board purchased earlier from Scottsboro’s Unclaimed Baggage Center.

“It is beautiful, just beautiful. We’ve been out all morning looking at it,” Camacho said,

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