Snow coats north Ala; state of emergency in effect

Maggie leaders her owner, Cathy White, of Huntsville, on a walk down Wildwood Drive as a light snow falls over Huntsville, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz, AL.com)
Maggie leaders her owner, Cathy White, of Huntsville, on a walk down Wildwood Drive as a light snow falls over Huntsville, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz, AL.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — North Alabama is blanketed with snow and a thin layer of ice.

A winter storm dropped as much as 3 inches of wintry precipitation in areas, and forecasters say more is on the way.

Travel problems are being reported around Cullman County, and roads are white in northeast Alabama.

But the Birmingham area is mostly free of problems, with only cold rain falling overnight.

Forecasters say the real problem could be Tuesday night and Wednesday, as more precipitation falls and temperatures dip below freezing. The weather service says northeast Alabama could get an additional 4 inches of ice and snow.

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency, and many school systems are closed. Businesses are opening late and closing.

Northern counties are under a winter storm warning.

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