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[7 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 2,098 views]
Snow in Saline County

How is the South different from the North when it comes to winter weather?
Head to, say, Iowa and notice what they do when it snows. They get up, clean off the streets a bit and go on as usual. It’s not big deal, of course, as it snows all winter long.
We Arkansans, however, aren’t so accustomed to snow, sleet and the rest of that frozen stuff. It’s a big deal here in Benton when it snows and we’ve had flurries since late afternoon. Those flurried turned into large snowflakes around …

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[5 May 2011 | No Comment | 6,313 views]
White River cresting, east Arkansas still dealing with flooding

The rains over most of Arkansas might have ended on Tuesday, but eastern parts of the state near the White River are still dealing with flood conditions.
The National Weather Service reports that the White River crested at Newport on Wednesday, Thursday in Augusta and is due to crest in Georgetown Friday, in Des Arc Saturday and in Clarendon on Tuesday. The problem, of course, is that storms hammered Arkansas on April 30 through May 2 and some parts of central Arkansas and the Delta received as much as a foot …

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[1 May 2011 | 4 Comments | 13,696 views]
Flooding in central Arkansas

It’s been a turbulent spring thus far in Arkansas and this weekend was no exception.
Here in central Arkansas, flood conditions rolled in with the rains that started Saturday night and continued through Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, four to eight inches of rain fell during the weekend and more heavy rain is in the forecast through Tuesday.
Here in Benton, the Saline River serves as a handy guide as to how much rain has fallen. If the river is out of its banks, it’s a sure bet that heavy …

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[26 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | 6,528 views]
Flood photos from northwest Arkansas

We at First Arkansas News posted some flood photos from northwest Arkansas yesterday, but a reader sent some more in so we’re showing those, too.
Before getting into all of that, bear in mind that the National Weather Service is calling for more flooding and tornadoes through Wednesday. It’s been a rough week already in that we’ve had a lot of rain, plenty of golf-ball sized hail, high winds and even some reports of tornadoes in the state. Gov. Mike Beebe declared a state of emergency for Arkansas last night and …

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[25 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 3,166 views]
Beebe declares state of emergency, more bad weather in store

As if Monday night wasn’t bad enough, the National Weather Service reports that more bad weather is on the way.
First, let’s review. Storms bringing buckets of rain, high winds and a tornado or two pounded central Arkansas on Monday night, while flooding was a problem in northwest Arkansas throughout Monday. How bad was the flooding in the northwest corner of the state? So bad that the University of Arkansas canceled classes around 3:30 p.m. and sent everyone home.
Meanwhile, Entergy reported that rotten whether had left about 50,000 people without electricity …

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[9 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 2,267 views]
Worse than we thought

The National Weather Service and just about every media outlet in Arkansas warned us snow was on the way Wednesday.
They were all right, but it appears the initial precipitation projections were a bit low. The National Weather Service predicted we’d see up to 6 inches of snow in some areas and a bit more than that in others. According to one First Arkansas News reader — Barbara Cecil of Springdale — 27 inches of snow had fallen in her town before 10 a.m. this morning and the storm is still …

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[9 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,036 views]
Ready for the snow?

We’ve been hearing it for over a week now — snow is due to hit central Arkansas later this morning.
According to the National Weather Service, the snow is due to hit various parts of the state between about 6 a.m. and noon. Throughout the day, the storm is due to dump up to 6 inches of snow on the state.
Naturally, the reports of snow caused a good deal of concern throughout the state. On Tuesday, it was sunny and 40 degrees in some parts of Arkansas, yet a number of …

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[5 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,586 views]
Snow hits central Arkansas — sort of

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 …

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[9 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,164 views]
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 …

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[9 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,447 views]
Week in review (1/3-1/8)

Hopefully the new year has been good to everyone so far.
Here at First Arkansas News we had some big stories last week. If you’ve missed some of it here’s your chance to catch up on the news and features we reported this week.
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