Arkansas Weather

Dozens of schools across Arkansas remained closed and thousands are still without power following a winter storm that crossed the state.

Schools statewide remained closed Wednesday after the storm that left roads icy and is blamed for at least one traffic death.

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas reports about 2,600 customers of South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative were without power Wednesday morning - about 1,600 of those in Clark County. And Entergy Arkansas reported about 1,500 outages.

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Entergy Arkansas says the number of customers still without power after a winter storm moved across the state is now around 5,000. Most of the outages are in the southwest part of the state.

Entergy said some repairs may take until Wednesday because icy roads have made travel difficult and slowed work.

Entergy said more than 30,000 customers lost power during the storms, primarily due to ice-covered trees and limbs falling onto power lines.

The storm left icy roads that are blamed for at least one traffic death.

Entergy Arkansas says just more than 14,000 customers remain without power after a winter storm moved across the state.

Entergy said Tuesday that most will have power restored by 10 p.m. Tuesday, but some repairs may take until Wednesday.

The most outages, about 4,700, are in Montgomery County. More than 2,635 were without electricity in Clark County and about 2,550 were without power in Drew County following the Sunday night and Monday storms. The remaining outages were scattered statewide.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is ordering state offices in the Little Rock metropolitan area to open two hours later for non-essential personnel Tuesday due to winter weather that hit the state.

The governor's office on Monday said the state's inclement weather would remain in effect Tuesday morning after snow, sleet and freezing rain hit most of the state.

Hutchinson's office says state employees outside central Arkansas should check with their supervisor for delays.

Entergy Arkansas says about 26,500 customers are without power after sleet and snow fell across the state.

The company's online site showed that a bulk of the outages were in southwest Arkansas Monday afternoon.

Entergy has brought in hundreds of reserve workers from outside the state to help restore power.

Forecasters and emergency managers said earlier Monday that the storm could have been much worse than what materialized.

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A winter storm moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico brought snow to Texas, New Mexico, and parts of western Arkansas Thursday. The same weather system generated rain in the Little Rock area, but some snowfall is possible in central Arkansas early Friday.

Jeff Hood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, does not expect road conditions in Little Rock to be significantly impacted.

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The National Weather Service says freezing rain and sleet are possible across much of Arkansas during the weekend.

The weather service says cold temperatures will continue through Friday, followed by moisture moving into the region and freezing rain and sleet expected by Sunday.

The precipitation is currently expected to begin developing in southwestern Arkansas late Saturday, then spread northeastward during the morning on Sunday.

About 9,500 Entergy customers in Arkansas awoke to frigid temperatures and without electricity.

The utility reported that the number of outages had been reduced to just more than 4,500 shortly after 10 a.m.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the outages could be due to the cold weather, causing power lines to sag and come in contact with the neutral lines, or that it could be fuses burning out.

The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County as a "StormReady" community next week.

Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April's tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities statewide since 1950.

Light freezing drizzle and rain along with sleet is falling in northwestern Arkansas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sellers said the Monday morning precipitation was spotty with the heaviest amounts falling in northwest Arkansas, leading to some icy spots on bridges and overpasses.

Sellers said the precipitation is expected to move out of the area by noon.

Several minor auto accidents were reported.