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Spann calls Tuesday weather ‘huge forecasting error’

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — It happened again.

Jefferson County residents abandoned their cars. The motorists who continued to brave the icy roads did so with icicles attached to side mirrors and tailpipes. Residents walked a couple miles or more for milk.

A truck off the side of the road near Snake Hill Road in Trussville
photo courtesy of Keith Kennedy

Snow covered the northeastern Jefferson County area for a second consecutive January. Snow accumulated Jan. 17, 2013 and on Tuesday.

Schools let out early, basketball games were postponed and meetings were canceled.

ABC 33/40 chief meteorologist James Spann said “hundreds and hundreds” of motorists were stranded on major highways. He said that Alabama citizens should not blame school systems or city workers for the conditions of the roads and timing of schools being let out.

A car in a ditch on South Chalkville Road in Trussville
photo courtesy of Keith Kennedy

“This was a huge forecasting error,” Spann said.

At one point, Spann called U.S. Highway 11 in Trussville a “big, big fat mess.”

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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