Two Killed in Car Crash and Snow and Sleet Strike Natural State

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two people died in a car crash this morning on a snow and rainslickened highway in Arkansas and forecasters predicted up to three inches of snow falling in the state's hilly, western region as travelers hit the roads the day after Christmas.

Arkansas State Police Lt. Shawn Garner says the two were traveling east on Hwy. 270 near Royal at about 11 a.m. when the driver lost control of the car.  Garner says the car crossed the centerline and rammed head-on into another vehicle.

Garner declined to identify the deceased or the other injured driver, saying troopers were notifying family members about the crash.

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LITTLE ROCK, AR - Snow and rain slickened roadways today in western Arkansas, as forecasters predicted up to three inches of snow in its hilly regions as travelers hit the roads the day after Christmas.

The National Weather Services says Logan, Montgomery, Polk, Scott and Yell counties could see up to two inches of snow as showers swept through the state.  Forecasters say Baxter, Boone, Conway, Fulton, Garland, Izard, Johnson, Marion, Newton, Perry, Pope, Searcy, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties could see as much as an inch of snow during the afternoon.

Arkansas State Police Capt. J.R. Hankins says mountains in the Ouachita National Forest had become the scene of several car crashes as of this afternoon.  He described it as "almost impassible."

Hankins says dispatchers reported heavy snowfall in Conway County.  Snow also fell in Russellville.

Forecasters say other areas of Arkansas could see sleet or snow, but likely with no accumulation into the evening.  They say fog and freezing fog will likely cover much of the state tonight into tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the state's two large airports in Highfill and Little Rock said flights remained on time.

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