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Faulkner County under ice storm warning

Forecasters say some areas could see 3/4 to 1-inch of ice

Posted: December 5, 2013 - 12:49pm
This graphic, courtesy of the National Weather Service, shows current winter weather accumulations expected throughout Arkansas. Current models indicate Faulkner County could see up to more than 1/2-inch of ice.
This graphic, courtesy of the National Weather Service, shows current winter weather accumulations expected throughout Arkansas. Current models indicate Faulkner County could see up to more than 1/2-inch of ice.

The latest forecast models indicate Conway is one of several areas that could see between 3/4 and 1-inch of ice as inclement weather moves through Arkansas.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Robinson said the area for maximum ice accumulation is expected from Waldron to Mena, to between Clinton and Conway, to between Batesville and Brinkley, and into northeast and east central Arkansas.

Expected amounts of ice in these areas would cause power outages, Robinson said.

The first major inclement weather system of the winter moved into northwest and north central Arkansas on Thursday morning, in the form of freezing rain and sleet. Icy conditions in those areas had already caused vehicle accidents, Robinson said.

Throughout Thursday, freezing rain and sleet moved into the Ouachita Mountain region. Into the night, the remainder of west central Arkansas, as well as the northeast corner of the state, was expected to be impacted by freezing rain and sleet.

The same precipitation will spread into parts of central Arkansas, as well as the northern parts of southwest Arkansas, during the morning hours Friday. At the same time, precipitation in northwest Arkansas is expected switch over to snow. The same is expected in parts of north central Arkansas, and in the Ouachita Mountain region.

Throughout Friday, freezing rain and sleet is expected to move into the remaining areas of the state. Snow is expected to spread across northern Arkansas.

Into the Friday afternoon and evening hours, precipitation is expected to diminish from northwest Arkansas into the southeast region of the state. Before wintry precipitation ends, Robinson said a brief switch to snow in west central, central and northeast Arkansas could occur.

North of the area expected to be hit hardest by ice, Robinson said a narrow band of heavy sleet could be seen.

Total rainfall amounts — including rain, melted ice, sleet and snow — is expected to fall between 1 and 2 inches.

Another round of wintry weather is expected Saturday night and into Sunday, primarily in the southeast half of the state. The second round of wintry precipitation is expected to begin as snow in northern Arkansas, while freezing rain and sleet will be seen elsewhere, Robinson said.

A major problem with the weekend weather could be the ground temperature, which could cause freezing rain to cause a glaze as soon as it moves into areas, Robinson said.

Areas of heaviest snow, sleet and ice could shift in later forecast models, the weather service said.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories, log on to thecabin.net.)

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