The snowfall totals were greater than the ones from two weeks ago, when thousands of people were stranded in schools, cars and businesses in central Alabama, but problems were fewer. Faulkner said timing, better forecasting and preparation helped the state avoid a repeat of January.
Many difficulties were avoided because the worst of the frozen precipitation fell late Wednesday and early Thursday instead of during the middle of the day, and both individuals and government agencies were ready.
Last time, unexpectedly heavy snow fell in metro Birmingham, trapping people in the middle of the day. Forecasters got the winter storm predictions right this time, and mass closings allowed people to remain at home.
"Certainly it helps when the weather cooperates with the forecast," Faulkner said.