Wintry precipitation expected in Central Arkansas

The Conway Street Department was preparing for inclement weather Thursday by readying sand trucks.

 

Ronnie Hall, city engineer, said sand would be distributed on steeper hills and major intersections to improve traction. “We’re preparing if things do get bad. About all we can do is improve the traction,” Hall said. “We typically do it where people will accelerate or stop. We hope that the majority of folks stay home though.” According to Joe Goudsward, senior forecaster of the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, a winter storm warning is in effect for Faulkner County from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. Friday. Goudsward said the warning may be extended. This is the largest projected winter storm warning this season for the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Goudsward said he expects “a little bit of everything” with this storm. Forecasts call for rain Thursday afternoon continuing into the night and turning into a mix of freezing rain, with sleet by the morning hours. Precipitation will likely transition into snow late in the day on Friday.

The National Weather Service states the main concern with the system will be ice accumulation across the northern two-thirds of the state, as well as Central Arkansas. Forecasters are calling for ice accumulations of up to three-quarters of an inch.

Snow accumulations are projected to reach six inches in areas around Harrison and Mountain Home. The Little Rock area expects two inches of accumulation.

Colder air will move in behind the system as it moves out of the state on Saturday. Temperatures will be in the single digits, according to the National Weather Service Web site. (Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by e-mail at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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