Winter Storm Arrives Early

JANUARY 31, 2007 - Posted at 2:32 p.m. CST, updated at 3:26 p.m. CST, updated at 3:48 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - As expected, significant snowfall has begun in Region 8, though it has arrived a little earlier than expected in some parts of the viewing area.

A light snow began falling in Jonesboro at approximately 1 p.m., and has increased significantly in volume in the past ninety minutes.  Most Jonesboro area streets are snow-covered and slick, and several minor to moderate accidents have been reported in the area.  Most Jonesboro area schools are dismissing early this afternoon as a result of the winter storm.

Traffic on Stadium Boulevard is at a standstill in most spots, as well as U.S. 63 on Bono Hill, just west of Jonesboro.

The situation is bad enough that The Mall at Turtle Creek will close at 5 p.m.

Sharp and Independence County currently appear to be the hardest hit.  K8 News began receiving reports of snowfall in those counties around noon today, and schools in the Batesville area were among the first to dismiss early this afternoon.

In Stone County, a bus for the Mountain View School District was involved in a minor accident this afternoon, but there were no serious injuries, according to sources.

More snowfall is expected tonight.

K8 News will have more information on the winter storm tonight on K8 News at Five and K8 News at Six.