Winter Storm Dumps Snow and Ice on Region 8

DECEMBER 23, 2004 - Updated at 8:30 a .m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -  It looks like Region 8 will experience a white Christmas this year.  Snow covers the area, and temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until the latter part of the weekend.

An Arctic blast crossed through Region 8 Wednesday, blanketing most roads with ice and snow.  The KAIT Storm Team forecasts more bitter cold with very low temperatures.

People trying to make it to work or finish some holiday shopping are finding difficult conditions on several roads.    Road crews are working to improve the sloppy conditions.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Spokesman Randy Ort says those who don't need to be on the roads should stay home, and those who need to travel should not be in a hurry.

This will be the first white Christmas for most of the area since 1990, according to the National Weather Service.   It's only the ninth time since 1885.    Forecasters at North Little Rock say their office sees snow on the ground at Christmas an average of every 14 years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)