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Snow hits central Arkansas — sort of

By: 5 February 2011 No Comment

Downtown Benton at noon Friday.

Schools throughout Friday either canceled classes or shot down early due to snow, but the streets never got that bad.

The snow started falling here in central Arkansas at about 9 a.m. on Friday, was gone 12 hours later and left a lot of wet streets, icy windshields and snow-covered lawns in its wake. According to the National Weather Service, some areas of central Arkansas got as much as 3 inches of snow throughout the day and the group issued a winter weather advisory until 4 a.m. for most of the state.

Temperatures are due to remain below freezing throughout the evening, meaning there’s a good chance that all that water in the area will freeze. According to the aforementioned warning, there’s a chance of sleet and more snow throughout much of Arkansas through the early morning hours on Saturday. For the latest road conditions, click here and check those over at the Arkansas Highway Department’s site.

Approaching South Street near downtown Benton around noon on Friday.

Still, driving around Saline County was an easy enough task on Friday afternoon and evening. The Perpetual Disappointment (i.e., my 2010 Dodge Ram 1500) didn’t slide a bit in spite of the fact the treads on those cheap stock Goodyear Wranglers were full of slush and there were some nasty ice patches on overpasses and streets around town.

Regardless, things could get considerably worse through the morning due to wet streets, low temperatures and the potential for more precipitation throughout the wee hours of the morning.

If the most recent forecast from The Weather Channel is correct, we’re in for relatively smooth saving through Tuesday as the high temperatures will be in the forties over the next few days. On Wednesday, we’re looking at temperatures not climbing above the freezing mark again and then warmer weather next weekend.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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