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Records set as winterlike conditions hit state

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published May 3, 2013 at 6:53 a.m. Updated May 3, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.


Snow on the Frank Broyles statue in Fayetteville on May 3, 2013.

North Little Rock set its lowest temperature ever recorded in May and Little Rock tied its record daily low Friday morning as winterlike conditions moved into the state.

Central Arkansas was expecting only chilly conditions — a high of only 50 is forecast in Little Rock — but other parts of the state were dealing with frozen precipitation.

Carroll and Madison counties in Northwest Arkansas are under winter weather advisories until 10 a.m. warning of possible snow and ice accumulation. Less than 2 inches has been reported in those two counties Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation online condition map at 6:45 a.m. showed no snow, ice or slush on roadways, though some social media postings from Fayetteville and Springdale showed a light covering of snow on the ground.

Patches of sleet and snow is expected over the late morning hours Friday in north central Arkansas, as the wintry weather shifts east and weakens. Another round of light snow is possible for parts of northwest Arkansas late Friday night and into Saturday morning.

In North Little Rock, only light rain was falling Friday morning. But the low of 39 broke the daily low temperature record of 43, which was set in 2004 and tied a year later, the National Weather Service said. The low also broke the record for lowest temperature in North Little Rock in May. The previous record was 40, which was recorded on May 2, 1978, and 1994.

In Little Rock, the low of 41 tied the daily record low set in 1929. It also marked the first record low for the city since October 2010, the weather service said.

A freeze watch, which warns of at- or below-freezing temperatures, is in place until Saturday morning for Baxter, Boone, Johnson, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Stone and Van Buren counties.

Rain is expected to continue in the state over the weekend. Flood watches in parts of northeast, east-central and southeast Arkansas will continue into Friday evening.

Eastern Arkansas is expected to see the most rainfall through Sunday morning, as totals could reach 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches. The northeast portion of the state could see some areas of more than 2 inches.

The rest of the state is expected to see rainfall totals between 1/10 inch to 1/3 inch.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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NotaLiberal says... May 3, 2013 at 7:46 a.m.

Three record low temps in last ten years. Where's Al Jazeera Gore when we need him?

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NOTAGAIN says... May 3, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.

Hey NotaLiberal, this is not political. This is a result of the effect of global warming. Which is a fact. Why do you think our weather has gotten so crazy with these temps and such strong storms. There was a time when we had a tornado season, now it's year around. Global warming is a slow process which effects weather and patterns. Then again, perhaps your just crazy.

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Myhero says... May 3, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.

NOTAGAIN. There is no such thing as global warming. Drop it. Forget it. Get off your computer and go make a snow man!!! This is all brainwashing!! Its all natural changes!!!

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NOTAGAIN says... May 3, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.

LOL!!! Myhero, your funny!! Thank you for the laugh.

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LevyRat says... May 3, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.

NOTAGAIN .............. "YOUR" is a possessive case pronoun as in "Your car", try using YOU'RE, which is a contraction for "you are".

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NOTAGAIN says... May 3, 2013 at 10 a.m.

LevyRat, thank you for the correction. I tend to type fast and may miss errors.

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Felina says... May 3, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.

I'm sorry, I still cannot get a grip on this. So high temps AND low temps are caused by greenhouse gas induced global warming [as opposed to normal climate change]? Aren't we overdue for the next Ice Age? Did not the Mideval Warming Period of 800-1200 make Greenland actually GREEN for that period of time? How are the current climate changes different from the previous ones? Would appreciate objective information. Please, no political/personal comments from either side. Thanks.

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HOTDEMN says... May 3, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Felina, the mechanics of global climate are too complicated to explain in this limited forum, there is a wealth of tutorials online and in the public libraries that cover it in depth. The short answer is that the upper air streams which encircle the earth and distribute warm air from the equator and cold air from the poles are controlled in large part by the temperatures of the oceans which are in turn largely controlled by atmospheric heating. When these airstreams and ocean currents change from historic paths it causes global climate change. The temperature changes that are occuring are not as big a problem yet as is the change in rainfall patterns which effect crop yields and water tables. Our midwestern bread basket could very well become a new desert.

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Felina says... May 3, 2013 at 12:34 p.m.

OK, thanks Hotdemn!

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dumblikeme says... May 3, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

HOTDEMN, while you're explaining things, please explain what brought the world out of the last ice age, and what should we humans do to prevent the next ice age from happening?

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