Arkansas highway officials are reporting icy and slushy roads in an area from Mena to Fort Smith to Dover to Hardy.
As a winter storm sliced into the state from the northwest, ice patches were reported on major highways north of Fort Smith to the Missouri line, then across northern Arkansas to Harrison and then down to Jasper and Dover.
Elsewhere in the region, the state highway department reported sleet falling.
Central Arkansas is bracing for potentially crippling freezing rain and sleet, expected to begin early Friday. Freezing precipitation was already coming down Thursday afternoon in parts of western and northern Arkansas.
An ice storm warning will be in effect for much of the state from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday. The warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected.
Organizers of an annual holiday parade scheduled for Saturday say forecasted winter weather is prompting them to postpone the celebration until the following Saturday. Angela Rogers with the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau says the "Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade" is an event anticipated by many, so she and her team wanted to host it on a day when people will find it easy to attend
A Federal Grand Jury has indicted the owner of a Little Rock-based bottled water company on eleven counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and making a false statement. U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement.