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City leaders: Huntsville 'very prepared' for winter weather

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Public works officials in Huntsville said they start planning for the winter in the fall. Public works officials in Huntsville said they start planning for the winter in the fall.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Snow and ice crippled traffic and left cars lined on the highways in the Birmingham area. Some drivers abandoned their cars. State officials said emergency responders worked overnight Tuesday and used their resources to get people out of their cars and to a warm place.

Public works officials in Huntsville said they start planning for the winter in the fall.

"This type of year with the weather in Huntsville, you never know what may happen," said Director of Public Works, Terry Hatfield. "So we try to prepare for the worst. We expect the unexpected. We sure we have enough man power, gravel, enough salt. We check our trucks and then we are in communications with EMA checking the weather."

EMA officer Paige Colburn said her team is always prepared for Mother Nature and a situation like the one in Birmingham is no exception.

"I think we'd be able to respond to an incident like that fairly quickly as well," she said.  "We are definitely prepared for an event like this except you can never be prepared when it's unexpected." 

Officials with the National Weather Service in Birmingham said in a statement "despite the best efforts of our forecasters, and fellow meteorologists, no one knew just how much of impact this event would have on our great state and our citizens."

It's an impact Hatfield said they will use as a learning tool for if and when severe weather heads our way. 

"We get together and go over and if there's anything we can improve upon," he said.  "Each time it happens you may have something different than the time before."

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