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Area misses brunt of winter storm

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Despite five to ten inches of snow in the region beginning Christmas night, traffic was able to get through and most events continued as scheduled. The news was much worse in central Arkansas, where an inch of ice and ten inches of snow caused 200,000 homes and businesses to lose power. [Order this photo]
"Compared to areas to the south, we really lucked out," Fulton County Road Department Director Richard Frazier said, of the area's first real snow fall of the year.

"We sent crews out about 7 a.m. yesterday (Dec. 26) and they got the main roads plowed. On most gravel roads, there wasn't enough snow to put blades down."

It appeared the area got a frozen mixture first, which turned into four to six inches of snow, depending where you live.

Sheriff Buck Foley said his Deputies responded to several calls of people who had slid off into ditches, but he knew of no snow related vehicle accidents or injuries.

Leah Rouse of North Arkansas Electric reports that the coop received only a few scattered reports of power outages during and after the snow storm.

Those most affected by the winter storm were those who left the area to visit friends and relatives in other parts of the state on Christmas Day.

Central Arkansas, including Little Rock, was hit with an inch of ice, followed by up to ten inches of snow. The storm left more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power, and snarled holiday traffic.

An area couple who traveled to Pocahontas to be with loved ones had to delay plans to return home Christmas night, when freezing rain began falling early in the evening and turned to snow.

"There was about eight inches of heavy, wet snow when we woke up, and it took a couple of hours to shovel out the driveway so we could start driving back home," Roz Watson said.

When the sun came out in the late morning, plowed highways cleared pretty quickly in the Fulton and Izard County areas, and there appeared to be little disruption to day to day life.

Central Arkansas was another story, however. On Thursday, Dec. 27, Governor Beebe kept state government offices in Little Rock closed for a second day, with the exception of essential personnel because of re-freezing over night causing dangerous driving conditions.

On Dec. 26, the Governor issued a statewide Disaster Declaration in the wake of the winter storm, ordering the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to work closely with other state agencies to provide assistance to communities crippled by the storm.

While snow, rain and freezing rain were possible over the New Year's weekend, some precipitation fell but caused no real problems over the holiday weekend. With school back in session on Wednesday, Jan. 2, many students were be praying for some "real snow" to get them a few snow day breaks as the winter progresses.

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