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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Blizzard Warning is in effect until mid morning Wednesday, but most of the storm has passed Arkansas and Missouri, leaving behind a deep blanket of snow and ice. 

The ice, coupled with the strong winds knocked power out to an estimated 200,000 customers across Arkansas.  Crews suspended work overnight for a time because the winds and blowing snow created dangerous work conditions.  

Most roads have several inches of snow on top of a layer of sleet and freezing rain.  The roadways are passable, but avoid driving if possible.  In Jonesboro, the mayor ordered non-essential personnel to work at 10am.  In Little Rock, all state employees were told they were on the inclement weather policy.  

Take precautions, particularly if you plan on traveling.  If possible, avoid driving altogether.  It is also a good time to make sure you home and car are prepared for the winter elements.  Check on the elderly and others that may not be able to maintain their home.  You may also want to take provisions for any outside pets during the next 24 hours.

It is a good idea to make sure your cell phones are charged and flashlights have fresh batteries, and an alternate heating source (if the electricity is off) is in good working order.

LINKS:

Region 8 Storm Team Weather Page

Car Safety Kit Checklist (from ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov , opens as .pdf or read info below)

Download Region 8 Storm Team App to your phone

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter


   

Kit tips:

  • Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout.
  • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
  • Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

911 tips:

  • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you're experiencing.
  • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
  • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Survival tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.

If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow.

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