Forecasters upgrade area of Ark. to winter warning
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Forecasters upgraded parts of Arkansas to a winter storm warning, predicting that snow, sleet and freezing rain will fall Thursday and Friday.
The National Weather Service said rain will switch over to freezing rain in northwestern Arkansas around daybreak Thursday, then switch over to sleet, snow or a mix of sleet and snow.
The wintry precipitation will eventually find its way to the southeast and impact much of the state.
Forecasters say that west of Mountain Home and north of Clinton and Jasper, ice could accumulate to between one-quarter- and one-half-inch thick before switching over to sleet and snow. Then another 3 to 4 inches of winter precipitation could gather.
Travel is expected to become difficult or impossible throughout northern and western Arkansas.
Entergy Ark.: Storm could cause widespread outages
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' largest electric utility says a winter storm expected to hit the state this week could cause widespread and extended power outages.
Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it's bringing in thousands of workers to help deal with the weather.
The utility says it's preparing for a significant ice storm with up to five-eighths of an inch of ice accumulation, wet snow and possible wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service has said rain will switch over to freezing rain in northwestern Arkansas around daybreak Thursday, then switch over to sleet, snow or a mix of sleet and snow.
The wintry precipitation will eventually find its way to the southeast and affect much of the state.
TEXARKANA PARADE TRASH
Texarkana officials say big mess left after parade
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - The head of the Public Works Department in Texarkana, Arkansas says people who visited downtown Monday night for a Christmas parade left behind a pile of garbage.
Paul Hackleman said in a story published by the Texarkana Gazette on Wednesday that he was disgusted by the amount of trash, which county inmates cleaned up during the day Tuesday.
He said visitors to the 29th Annual Main Street Christmas Parade had 41 trash cans available.
Hackleman suggested that the city start a campaign to tell people to take their trash away with them after they are out in public and to throw it away at home. He said he was thankful that inmates from the Community Corrections Department were available to clean up.
Woman killed in Texarkana shooting
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Police in Texarkana say one woman was killed and another is in custody following a shooting on the east side of the southwest Arkansas city.
No names were immediately released. Police say the dead woman is believed to have been in her 60s while the suspect was arrested for capital murder.
Police told the Texarkana Gazette that the shooting Tuesday is believed to have stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the two women. No other details were provided.
RURAL ARKANSAS KILLINGS
Names of victims in rural Ark. shooting released
ALMA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two children and a man who investigators say were shot and killed by the children's grandfather before he shot and killed himself.
Crawford County Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante told the Times Record Wednesday the victims are 4-month-old Chayston Williams, 4-year-old Kierra Adams, and 31-year-old Michael Williams - the boyfriend of the children's mother.
Investigators believe the three were shot Tuesday by 51-year-old Tim Adams at Adams' home after his daughter - Ashley Adams - arrived with Chayston and Michael Williams to pick up Kierra Adams and a 3-year-old who wasn't injured. Tim Adams shot and killed himself after deputies arrived.
Damante said that Tim and Ashley Adams had argued about a pending court appearance for Ashley Adams and who would keep her children.
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