Arkansas Weather

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11:46 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Helps Families Pay Heating Bills

Reviewing applications
Credit Central Arkansas Development Council

The Central Arkansas Development Council is helping families pay their heating bills during this cold winter. 

The organization reaches out to low income households each year and assists with utility payments on a first come, first serve basis. 

Valerie Ramsey, program manager, says the aid is based on household size and regular income, but also offers a crisis mode.

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Local & Regional News
11:59 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Arkansas Foresty Commission Issues Burn Ban Alerts

Credit Arkansas Forestry Commision

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has issued burn bans for 19 counties, and the entire state is at moderate risk of wildfires.

Pulaski, Faulkner, Garland, and Van Buren are among those under the ban, after more than 500 acres burned in Arkansas over the holiday weekend

"Even if folks are not under burn bans, it is a really bad time to be burning because of the low humidity and high wind," says Adriane Barnes, with the Forestry Commission."

She says the dead trees and plants leftover from the winter storms are fuel to potential fires.

 

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Local & Regional News
7:54 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Freezing Rain, Sleet Possible In Parts Of Arkansas

Freezing rain and sleet are possible in parts of Arkansas as a wintry storm system makes its way through the state A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday for the northern two-thirds of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says the system will begin as rain Wednesday morning before transitioning to a wintry mix. 

Forecasters say central Arkansas will likely see rain or sleet, while northern Arkansas is expected to see snow and sleet.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

December Winter Storm Brings Disaster Declaration

The state Department of Emergency Management says 13 Arkansas counties are included in a federal disaster declaration requested following a winter storm in early December.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it will make public assistance grants available to communities for emergency work to repair or replace facilities that were damaged in the storm.

Counties included in the order are Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren.

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Arkansas Climate
1:11 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Annual Weather Report Shows 2013 Was A Cool Year for Arkansas

Debris from April storms caused widespread damage to buildings in Izard county last year.
Credit Associated Press

The year of 2013 was marked by cooler temperatures and normal amounts of  severe weather in Arkansas. That’s according to an annual report released by the National Weather Service. Although late snowfalls in the northwest, deadly flash flooding in the west, drought in the southeast and 34 tornadoes did enter the picture, Meteorologist John Lewis of the NWS says last year was relatively mild.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Federal Aid To Help Clean Up Winter Weather Damage

Governor Mike Beebe is seeking a federal disaster declaration that would make 15 Arkansas counties eligible for federal aid to help area recover from wintry weather earlier this month.  Beebe says he's seeking a major disaster declaration for Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, and Van Buren counties.   

Local & Regional News
11:22 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Flooding, tornadoes possible in Ark. this weekend

Forecasters say much of Arkansas is at risk Saturday for severe weather, including tornadoes, while other areas could see flash floods from heavy rainfall.

The Storm Prediction Center says Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and eastern Texas are at risk for severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes Saturday.

Forecasters say severe weather is most likely in southeast Arkansas in areas south and east of De Queen and West Memphis.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Tue December 10, 2013

In Aftermath Of Ice Storm, Debate Over Whether Power Lines Should Be Buried

Frank Burggraf, professor emeritus for the University of Arkansas, in front of an electrical substation in Fayetteville. He's a vocal advocate for burying power lines.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

As many as 60,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas were without power at one point this past weekend because of the winter storm.

Above-ground electrical transmission and distribution lines are vulnerable to failure from heavy wet snow, dense ice and high winds.

Some advocates say it’s time to move those lines underground.  But that is much more expensive and many utility customers don't want to pay higher electric bills.

Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has a look at the debate.  You can hear her report above.

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Local & Regional News
4:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Winter Weather Causes Delays And Cancellations In Central Arkansas

The Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School Districts are closed Monday.

UALR will open at noon. Pulaski Tech is closed. UCA's inclement weather policy is in effect.

All UAMS college classes start at noon and the inclement weather policy is in effect for UAMS non-essential employees.

Governor Mike Beebe reports state employees will operate on a two-hour delay today.

The City of Little Rock plans to open all city offices at noon.

Local & Regional News
1:33 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Arkansas Sees Sleet, Slush and Snow

An Icy parking lot outside the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Sleet, freezing rain and snow fell across Arkansas Friday, leading to slippery and slushy roadways and power outages in many areas. The National Weather Service says temperature will continue to drop and the likelihood for more icy precipitation will linger into the weekend.

“We will see low temperatures [Friday night] in the central Arkansas area between 10 and 17 degrees,” says NWS Meteorologist Jeff Hood.

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