Arkansas Weather

Friday Is The Warmest Day Of 2013 So Far

Mar 15, 2013
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The National Weather Service says Friday was the warmest day of the year so far in central Arkansas.

The temperature reached into the 80s.

Weather officials say in previous years at this time of March, the temperature was around 63.

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While central Arkansas has seen some sleet and snowflakes today, there has been no accumulation because temperatures have remained above freezing.

But with another round of precipitation expected, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for counties in north and central Arkansas for late Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says little to no accumulation is expected in the Little Rock area.

20,000 tons of debris remains scattered across Little Rock, left behind by the Christmas Day storm. The Little Rock Board of Directors is choosing one of 18 contractor bids tonight, in order to get the fragments cleaned up.

Assistant Public Works Director, Ronny Loe says FEMA will reimburse the city for the money spent to hire and compensate a contractor.

"The original FEMA estimate was around 22,000 tons, and as of the beginning of this week we have picked up around 6,000" says Loe.

About 130,000 Entergy Arkansas customers still are without power in Central Arkansas with the majority of those in the Little Rock area.

Including Entergy and other power networks in the state, a total of about 200,000 electricity customers still don't have power in the state.

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