Weather Service Forecasts Cooler, Wetter Winter for Arkansas

OCTOBER 7, 2004 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The National Weather Service says the long-term outlook for Arkansas indicates a cooler and wetter winter than usual, one that may feature more snow and ice than in ordinary years.

The outlook puts much of the cause on El Nino's influences on the jet stream and the route storms are expected to take through the state.

Forecaster Newton Skiles says styorm systems appear more likely to reach further south, putting them over Arkansas.

Skiles says the state is in a transition zone between where there is heavy snowfall and little snowfall.

Skiles says there is no indicator that suggest the state will get tremendous ice storms, as it has in past years.  The December 2000 ice storms caused more than $650 million in damage and left more than one million Arkansans without electricity.

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