Madison County awoke to a blanket of snow and widespread power outages on Wednesday.

Heavy, wet snow began to fall Tuesday afternoon and lasted through the night. Tree limbs were bent double, with several limbs over power lines on Church Avenue. Power began to return around 8 a.m. to parts of Huntsville. More than 6 inches of snow fell, with many areas getting more.

Carroll Electric reported more than 3,500 customers without power in Madison County early Wednesday. The Madison County Record was delivered from the printer in Springdale around 7:30 a.m. Copies are available at The Record office. The Record will update as copies go out of the office for boxes and store counters.

City, county and state crews worked throughout the night Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Primary roads were clear Wednesday morning, although many secondary roads were still snow-covered.

Madison County Judge Larry Garrett on Wednesday said, “We are working hard to get things cleared up, but a lot of trees and power lines down all over the county, so it’s going to take a while. Low-hanging limbs from the weight of snow is making it tough for graders to get around. Had to close courthouse due to no power.”

Madison County Sheriff Ronnie Boyd on Wednesday said, "We had numerous crashes and vehicles sliding off the roadways due to the heavy snowfall and the slick roads that it caused. State, county, city and volunteer agencies all worked extremely well together. Each just tied to help one another or outright handle the problem in the most expeditious and safe manner possible, even if it wasn't their direct responsibility. The call volume was heavy and the dispatchers performed superbly. That is the community spirit I like to see. And kudos to A+ Towing, who was the only tow company available last night. They did a great job of getting the vehicles moved quickly. Great job to everyone."

Huntsville Police Chief Todd Thomas added, "I was talking to the sheriff and he told me what he sent you. I just like the post, I couldn't have said it better and a huge thank you to our road crews. In addition, please remember to be patient, the utility companies are working diligently to restore outages. People should not approach, touch or drive over downed lines.  Please call those in local law enforcement or the utility companies. These lines are very dangerous."