Frost Warning Remains in Effect Through Mid-Morning

October 26, 2005 -- Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for most of Arkansas through nine o'clock this morning.

Forecasters say temperatures were to drop into the 30s overnight and below freezing in some areas toward sunrise this morning, especially in valley areas. The overnight low in Jonesboro was 34 degrees. Frost is likely to be widespread.

The combination of a high pressure system that brought cool air and calm winds will produce the frigid conditions.

The weather service advises protecting tender plants from such temperatures.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Officials: Use caution when heating homes

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ With the first big frost of the season
forecast for Arkansas tonight, fire officials are urging people to
be careful in how they heat their homes.

Space heaters must be used properly. If not, they can cause
fires. Little Rock Fire Captain Dennis McCann says candles that are
used improperly cause fires too.

McCann says a space heater needs to be at least three feet from
anything that can catch on fire. Candles should never be unattended
and fireplaces should be used only with a screen.

Also, officials say furnaces should be checked regularly. And
all homes should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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