Snow Blankets Region 8

February 6, 2003
Posted at: 2:15 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Snow is falling across most of northern, western and central Arkansas today, causing traffic snarls and school closings.

Scores of traffic accidents were reported this morning, although authorities said major highways were largely clear.

More than one-hundred school districts shuttered their schools because of the winter weather, though some central Arkansas schools remain open despite about two inches of snow falling.

State police say a Fayetteville teenager was killed when the car he was driving left U.S. 62 in Farmington early this morning. Police say 19-year-old Delbert Lee Priesmeyer Junior lost control of his car in sleet and snow about 12:50 a.m. and left the highway.

The National Weather Service has issued a heavy snow warning for a swath of counties from western to north central Arkansas. Forecasters say four-to-six-inches could fall in band from Mena to Russellville to Jasper and Clinton.

A snow advisory, with predictions of two-to-four inches of show, covers areas north of a Perryville to Batesville to Blytheville line that aren't covered by the heavy snow warning.

With snow continuing to fall throuhgout north and central Arkansas, the state highway department says conditions are slowest on:

  • Arkansas 5 from Baxter County to Mountain View and from Mountain Home to Izard County.
  • Arkansas 7, except around Russellville, where conditions were reported as normal.
  • Arkansas 10 east of Danville.
  • Arkansas 14 between Mountain View and Newport, including Batesville.
  • Arkansas 23 between Missouri and Interstate 40, including Huntsville.
  • Arkansas 25 between Faulkner County and Batesville.
  • Interstate 40 west of Russellville.
  • U.S. 49 north of Paragould.
  • Most of U.S. 62 on Arkansas' northern tier.
  • U.S. 63 from Missouri to Jonesboro.
  • U.S. 65 from Missouri to north of Conway.
  • U.S. 67 north of Pocahontas.
  • U.S. 70 east and west of Hot Springs.
  • U.S. 71 from Sebastian County to south of Y City.
  • U.S. 167 between Bald Knob and Ash Flat, including Batesville.
  • U.S. 270 east and west of Y City.
  • U.S. 412 through Madison and Carroll counties.
  • Interstate 440 in Little Rock.