Winter Storm Slamming Region 8

FEBRUARY 18, 2006 - Updated at 4:30 p.m. CST


Jonesboro, AR - Winter weather moved into Region 8 late Friday night and continued through Saturday morning.  The winter precipitation caused accidents as drivers struggled to maintain control on the slippery roadways.  North Arkansas received mostly snow, while central and southern Arkansas received an icy rain.


While conditions were not as bad as originally feared, many events scheduled for Saturday have been canceled.  Many schools were planning to give ACT tests across the region and most of those tests were canceled along with campus tours for high school seniors at Arkansas State University.


Winter Weather Advisories remained in effect in some parts of Region 8 through 6 p.m. Saturday night.


In West Memphis, a driver rear-ended a highway salt truck on Interstate 55.


In Lonoke, an 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate 40.


Near Mammoth Spring, accidents backed up traffic on Highway 63.


Snow accumulations ranged from 5 1/2-inches in Mountain Home to 2/10-inch in Wooster, in the central part of the state.   


In southern Arkansas, freezing and below-freezing temperatures iced up bridges and overpasses and sleet fell across the region.


In Hot Springs, Oaklawn Park canceled live thoroughbred racing.  The track was open for simulcast racing, however.  A track announcer said that with temperatures forecast to drop, the track could possibly be unusable Sunday and Monday.


Another disturbance will give us a chance of more wintry precipitation on Sunday evening.


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