December 8, 2005 - Posted at 5:23 a.m. CST, updated at 5:30 a.m., updated at 5:46 a.m., updated at 6:27 a.m.
JONESBORO, AR - A mixture of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow is blanketing much of northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri this morning.
In Jonesboro, rain and sleet began falling around 3:30 a.m., and the sleet has become more prominent in that mix as the morning has progressed. Snow has been reported in Greene County, as well as southern Craighead County. Precipitation is expected to continue falling throughout most of the morning.
Local law enforcement agencies are now reporting several traffic accidents on Region 8 roads. State Police confirmed one accident near Trumann this morning where a car has overturned. Authorities are also reported to be at the scene of an accident on U.S. 63 at Bay, where a tractor-trailer rig has reportedly jackknifed and is blocking the overpass there. Police recommend staying off streets and roads this morning unless absolutely necessary.
Some Jonesboro area schools have already canceled classes today, including the Jonesboro, Nettleton, Valley View, Brookland and Westside districts, plus private schools Ridgefield Christian, Eastside Baptist, and Trinity Christian. The Jackson County School District has also closed for the day, as has the Newport Special District, and the list is expected to grow throughout the morning. Click on the "School Closings" icon on our home page for a complete and up-to-date list of the latest school closings.
Meanwhile, Arkansans saw the region's first broad taste of winter weather this morning as a few inches of snow blanketed the state. Residents responded by stocking up groceries, firewood and sleds as snow fell in a band from western to northern areas of the state.
State and city road crews were on standby as precipitation arrived overnight and officials warned motorists to plan ahead if they must travel.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)