Snow in Arkansas
The National Weather Service warned a lot of parts of Arkansas would get hit with snow on Sunday and it appears that forecast was correct.
The snow started falling in parts of central Arkansas about 1 p.m. and hit areas of the state farther south earlier. By 3:30 p.m., the Benton School District started calling parents here in town and telling them what children have been hoping for all weekend — schools in the district are closed tomorrow.
And that’s really no surprise — the snow has fallen heavy on central Arkansas all afternoon and the National Weather Service office in Little Rock predicts snow will continue throughout the state all night long. The Weather Service predicts 2-4 inches will fall in central Arkansas through tonight while southern parts of the state will receive up to 6 inches of precipitation. Northern parts of Arkansas should receive a “dusting” of under 2 inches of snow.
Meanwhile, Bill Sadler — public information officer for the Arkansas State Police — issued a statement reporting road conditions throughout central Arkansas were terrible by 4 p.m.:
In central Arkansas, particularly the metropolitan Little Rock area, Troopers are reporting dangerous conditions with snow, sleet and ice covering all roadways. More than two dozen highway crashes had been reported on U.S. and state highways in Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner and Lonoke counties by 4 p.m. today. Expectations were for the number of crashes to increase as temperatures drop and snow continues to fall during the evening hours.
By late afternoon the deteriorating weather conditions had caused the I-40 bridge across the White River to become slick and dangerous. Westbound traffic along I-40 west of the bridge had slowed this afternoon due to several collisions.
Traffic along I-30 west of Saline County inside Hot Spring and Clark Counties is moving slowly due to multiple weather related crashes. State Troopers in that area say traffic may be stalled for several hours while recovery crews remove wrecked vehicles from the median and highway shoulders.
The State Police is encouraging drivers to avoid travel tonight in the snow covered areas across most of the state.
In short, stay off the roads tonight, be careful if you have to head to work on Monday morning and make sure to check local broadcasts to see if schools are closed in the morning — you can check central Arkansas closings by heading to the KTHV site here. For the latest road conditions, click here to visit the state of Arkansas’ home on the Internet. For more winter weather updates, click here to visit the National Weather Service.
UPDATE: It seems the state of Arkansas has implemented its inclement weather policy. Shelli Russell sums that up over at Arkansansite under the laugh-out-loud funny (and highly editorial title), Arkansas Govt Offices Closed Because We’re a State Full of Pansies.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.