Emergency declared as storm moves into Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency for Arkansas as a winter storm moves into the state with ice and snow.

A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the state with snow totals up to a foot expected in the north and up to 2 inches possible in central Arkansas. Ice accumulations are expected to reach up to a quarter inch for most of the state.

The declaration made early Friday makes up to $20,000 from the Governor's Disaster Fund available to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Beebe also put in place his Inclement Weather Policy in which only state employees designated as essential are required to report for work.

The Arkansas National Guard also has personnel and supplies ready to go for emergency response.

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