- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley says highway equipment had been shifted to central and south Alabama based on forecasts for the winter storm and adjustments had to be made after the Birmingham area got hit hard.

The National Weather Service says its initial forecast did not predict severe issues in Birmingham, but it revised the forecast about an hour before snow started falling Tuesday.

Bentley flew over the Birmingham area Tuesday afternoon and saw thousands of abandoned and wrecked cars. He praised volunteers who used four-wheel drive vehicles to help stranded motorists and called them “snow angels.” He also praised teachers for staying overnight with several thousand students who had to sleep in their schools.

State helicopters flew over the Birmingham area, but found no stranded motorists who hadn’t received help.

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