December 5, 2002
Posted at: 3:45 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Freezing rain tore tree limbs onto power lines, knocking out electricity this morning in parts of northeast Arkansas. Winter weather advisories stretched across the northern half of the state.
Schools were closed over much of northeast Arkansas, prompted by a winter storm that began yesterday with rain that turned to snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Craighead County sheriff's dispatcher Dexter Collins says the streets are not iced, but ice has collected on trees and power lines. He says power is out in isolated areas, but not approaching the scale of the December 2000 ice storms that caused of the hundreds of thousands of outages.
At Harrison in the north central portion of the state, state police dispatcher Cliff Cottrell said precipitation had ended with about three inches of snow and sleet on the ground.
``The roads are a little slushy. The traffic will break it up,'' he said.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a freezing rain advisory this morning that stretches from the state's west-central area to the Little Rock area. The northern half of the state is under winter weather advisories.
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