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More freezing precipitation expected across state

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published February 3, 2014 at 6:51 a.m. Updated February 3, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.


STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Several vehicles sit Sunday stuck in a ditch at a steep curve on East New Hope Road in Rogers.

More wintry precipitation is on the way, the National Weather Service warned Monday as Arkansans tried to thaw out from a storm a day earlier that dropped snow and ice on parts of the state.

Dozens of school districts canceled or delayed class after the Sunday storm, which left several inches of snow in some spots as it moved through areas north of Little Rock.

The Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation reported late Monday morning on its online weather map some form of slick conditions on most highways in the northern half of the state. Snow was covering many highways in Northwest Arkansas, and ice was reported in the northeast.

The National Weather Service said more freezing precipitation is expected as the week continues, beginning Tuesday with freezing rain mixed with some sleet and snow possible for much of the state.

In central Arkansas, the precipitation could leave "some light ice accumulation" before shifting to rain by the afternoon, the weather service said in a statement.

It will be colder farther north, meaning "a longer period of wintry precipitation" but still only "minor ice and snow accumulations possible," the weather service added.

John Robinson, warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service in North Little Rock, said north-central Arkansas could see up to a quarter-inch of ice.

Still another system could deliver more freezing precipitation Thursday into Friday, though officials said that forecast is still developing.

"Overall, this round of wintry precipitation should be light in all areas, but there may be enough to cause some driving problems," Robinson wrote in an email.

And one more system is likely to move in Saturday into Sunday, Robinson added, with snow likely in the north, a wintry mix expected in the central region and mainly rain forecast for the south.


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