Alabama uses helicopters to seek stranded cars

A group of kids walk home from Oak Mountain Intermediate school in the snow on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Indian Springs, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
A group of kids walk home from Oak Mountain Intermediate school in the snow on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Indian Springs, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – State helicopters are searching the Birmingham area for people stranded along icy Alabama roadways.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Public Safety says three of its helicopters are involved in the effort. The first helicopter lifted off at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A band of severe sleet and ice hit farther north than initially forecast, leaving motorists stranded on Jefferson and Shelby County roadways Tuesday night.  Police transported some motorists to shelters, while others abandoned their cars and walked.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Birmingham are hovering around 16 degrees, which means icy road conditions will remain.

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