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Local & Regional News
Mon February 3, 2014
Another Round Of Wintry Weather Likely for Arkansas
An additional round of wintry precipitation is forecast for Arkansas after much of the state saw ice and the northern part of the state saw snow on Sunday. Chuck Rickard of the National Weather Service says a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow is a possibility for many areas of the state on Tuesday.
"We'll have another storm system bring us some more winter weather to parts of the state ...[into Tuesday night]," Picard says." Temperatures will be cold enough--especially across north Arkansas--for a good part of the day [Tuesday]. Into [Tuesday] night there'll be another wintry mix of precipitation up there. [Tuesday] morning farther south we'll probably see the precipitation start off as some freezing rain."
Rickard says temperatures should rise above freezing in Central Arkansas by the afternoon Tuesday, eventually transitioning to rain . Ice is likely for north central Arkansas and the far reaches of Northern Arkansas should again see conditions similar to those on Sunday, when a mixture of sleet and snow fell in many areas.
As of Monday Mourning, many roads and highways in northern Arkansas were icy or snow-covered, according to Jeff Whatley of the Highway and Transportation Department.
"Basically the northern part of the state is taking a pretty big hit, especially northeast Arkansas. There's a lot of ice up there. We're reporting zero percent clear around the Jonesboro area--Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas--up in that area. The northern part part of I-55 in Mississippi County is about 50 percent clear," he says.
Whatley says roads in central Arkansas are mostly clear although drivers could see occasional ice patches.
The department has a map displaying weather-related road conditions in the state at the website idrivearkansas.com.