- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley says people shouldn’t be playing the blame game for the epic ice storm that caught Birmingham off guard, stranding motorists on interstates and students in schools.

Bentley said Thursday schools and emergency officials made plans off forecasts that predicted the worst of the weather would hit about 100 miles south of Alabama’s largest city. The state moved resources south to prepare for snow in Montgomery and ice in lower Alabama.

The governor says there was little warning before the swift-moving storm slapped Jefferson and Shelby counties. Bentley says things have gone as well as they can in an unexpected situation.

The governor says people shouldn’t be blaming meteorologists either. He says it’s not their fault if forecast models were incorrect.

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