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No snow for Little Rock, but some parts of state get icy weather

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published February 11, 2014 at 6:42 a.m. Updated February 11, 2014 at 7:16 a.m.


The highways in southeast Arkansas marked in magenta still had ice patches on them late Tuesday morning after a wintry mix moved through that part of the state.

Residents in Little Rock and much of central Arkansas awakened Tuesday to clear conditions, but parts of the state were dealing with wintry precipitation.

A storm system had been forecast to drop up to several inches of snow on the Little Rock area, but the system became disorganized Sunday, weakened and ultimately didn't deliver any icy precipitation to most of the central region of the state.

Jeff Hood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, said dry air stayed in place and moisture that had been expected just didn't develop everywhere.

"Winter weather forecasting in Arkansas can by impacted by a lot of different factors," he said. "This was just one of those cases, unfortunately, where a few days out it looks like an impressive system."

Parts of south and east Arkansas, however, did receive some icy weather in the form of a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department at 6:30 a.m. reported ice patches on a number of highways in east Arkansas from about Forrest City south to the state line.

John Robinson, senior warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service, said the wintry mix would move out as the morning progressed but another chance for icy weather comes Tuesday night for south Arkansas.

"A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow could easily advance as far northward as Camden and DeWitt," he said in an email. "There is a smaller chance of the wintry mix advancing even farther northward, perhaps as far north as Sheridan, Pine Bluff, and Clarendon. I think there is a good chance that hazardous driving conditions will develop and Winter Weather Advisories may be required."

After that system moves out Wednesday morning, temperatures will start to climb. Little Rock temperatures are expected to hit the 50s on Friday and 60 on Saturday.


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