Winter Weather Coming to Arkansas

JANUARY 15, 2007 - Posted at 8:13 a.m. CST

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - After a relatively gentle December and early January, Arkansas is getting some serious winter weather - but probably nothing as deadly as the storms that struck states to the north and west. John Lewis, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service at North Little Rock, says Arkansans have gotten used to this mild winter, but that's over with. In his words, quote, ``It WILL be colder."

Where temperatures reached the 60s earlier this month, they were expected to drop to well below freezing as frigid air moved into the state. Highs today should only reach the 20s in northwest Arkansas and the 40s in the southeastern part of the state.

Overnight cold air will mix with lingering moisture, bringing a chance of freezing rain and some minor icing in parts of northern and western Arkansas. Ice storm warnings are in effect for northwest and southwest Arkansas.

But the weather isn't expected to be anything like what has hit Oklahoma or Missouri.

The weekend winter storm that hit the Midwest knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses, flooded streets and highways, and grounded air traffic. In Oklahoma, the storm is being blamed on ten deaths.

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