snow mess

Alabama state troopers handled more than twice as many wrecks as normal during the snow and ice storm that paralyzed parts of the state last week.

Troopers released statistics Tuesday showing officers investigated a total of 731 accidents from Tuesday through Friday. Roads were either frozen over or blocked with abandoned vehicles across a wide area during those days.

Troopers on average would handle about 336 wrecks over a four-day period.

State troopers say nine people died in traffic accidents linked to this week's winter storm in Alabama.

The Department of Public Safety says fatal wrecks happened in six counties: Bullock, Chilton, DeKalb, Elmore, Perry and Tuscaloosa.

Troopers say additional deaths could be added to the storm total once additional wrecks are investigated.

Police say hundreds of wrecks occurred statewide during the storm, which struck Tuesday.

National Weather Service

A mistaken forecast led to days of problems in Alabama's largest metropolitan area, but experts say predicting a winter storm is incredibly difficult.

The Birmingham metro area is still recovering from the snow and ice storm that stuck Tuesday with virtually no warning. Commuters and schoolchildren were stranded for a day.

Meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground says the rarity of winter storms in Alabama makes forecasting even tougher.