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Up to 3 inches of snow possible, forecasters say

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This article was originally published February 7, 2014 at 7:27 a.m. Updated February 7, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's newest belly plow deicing truck is driven into place at the department's sand and salt facility in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Feb.7, 2014. A department official said the center-mounted blade under the truck is more effective in removing ice from roadways than a conventional front-mounted blade.

This National Weather Service graphic shows expected snowfall totals Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. The dark blue swath indicates up to 3 inches of snow are po...

The National Weather Service has predicted afternoon and evening snowfall of up to 2 to 3 inches Friday.

Snow is expected across much of west-central, central and northeast Arkansas, with the heaviest accumulation expected along a line from Mount Ida to Conway to Newport, the weather service said.

Accumulating snowfall should start in western Arkansas and move its way northeast as the afternoon and evening progresses, forecasters said. The snowfall will taper across the southwest starting in late evening and persist in northeast Arkansas until after midnight, according to the weather service.

Snow totals should range from 1/2 inch to about 2 inches, with a band of heavier snowfall bringing the possibility of as much as 3 inches, forecasters said.

A winter weather advisory goes into effect at 3 p.m. for the following counties: Clark, Cleburne, Conway, Dallas, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Logan, Lonoke, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff and Yell.

"Elsewhere in the state, the most likely snow will range from flurries to a dusting." National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Robinson said in an email.

The Little Rock and North Little Rock school districts in central Arkansas put parents, students and staff on alert Friday that officials will decide to dismiss classes early if the weather appears hazardous for travel.

Meanwhile, some parts of the state were working to recover from Tuesday's ice storm. Utility crews have been battling subzero wind chills to restore electrical service to several thousand homes and businesses after 61,000 customers lost power. At 7:35 a.m. Friday, Entergy Arkansas said, 5,800 of its customers remained in the dark, most of them in Mississippi, Cross and Crittenden counties.

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