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Light wintry mix moves through state

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 14, 2013 at 6:20 a.m. Updated January 14, 2013 at 9:52 a.m.

— A light wintry mix is possible for parts of Arkansas on Monday, but forecasters say accumulations are expected to be minimal.

The National Weather Service says a system will move in as the morning progresses, delivering precipitation to the southeast half of the state. It is expected to begin as a mix of sleet and snow before transitioning to sleet and freezing rain, and then rain and freezing rain.

The weather service said the precipitation totals would be "light" with "little to no" accumulation for most of the state.

"Amounts of generally less than 5 hundredths of an inch are expected," the agency said in a statement, "with the relatively highest amounts to be seen the closer you get to a line from roughly Camden to De Witt."

A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of southeast Arkansas. Some areas could see up to a tenth of an inch of wintry precipitation, which could "possibly down some trees or power lines," the weather service said.

Ashley and Chicot counties are under an ice storm warning with up to a half inch of ice accumulation possible.

Officials say high ground temperatures will minimize icing on roads, trees, power lines, and bridges and overpasses.

More precipitation is expected after midnight and into Tuesday morning in the area southeast of a line from Magnolia to Pine Bluff to West Memphis, according to the weather service.

Officials say light freezing rain and sleet is expected in the area, and winter weather advisories may be necessary.

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