Snow, Freezing Rain Falls on Northern Arkansas

February 5, 2004 - Posted at 6:31 a.m. CDT, updated at 7:00 a.m.

JONESBORO, AR - Snow fell in northern Arkansas overnight and continued this morning, reaching up to six inches in some places.

The snow was mixed with sleet and freezing rain in some places, and sleet and rain fell over central Arkansas.  Forecaster Chuck Rickard of the National Weather Service at North Little Rock says he expects winter precipitation to end late this morning.

Freezing rain was falling this morning in north Arkansas, from Huntsville to Pocahontas.  The state highway department reported some roads were not passable as the early rush hour approached.  Between Paragould and Jonesboro, U.S. 49 was affected, as was U.S. 63 between Hoxie and Jonesboro.

A handful of northeast and north-central Arkansas schools are closed, with a few others opening an hour late, but most schools are expected to operate on normal schedules today.

The weather service has issued a winter storm warning through noon in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, and Sharp counties.  A winter weather advisory remains in effect in Independence County.

Most roadways in the Jonesboro area are considered passable and are covered only in slush.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)