Thousands of Entergy Customers Still Without Power with Snow in Forecast

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Entergy Arkansas says about 12,000 homes and businesses were still without power last night after high winds ripped across the state and killed two people the day before.  Forecasters say the cold-weather snap in Arkansas could bring snow to the state's north by this morning.

Entergy, the state's largest electricity provider, says the high winds knocked down more than 300 utility poles, complicating their efforts to restore power.  Entergy spokesman James Thompson says areas around Little Rock and Russellville were hardest hit, though outages spread as far east as Mississippi County and as far south as Monticello and Magnolia.

Police attributed two deaths to the high winds: 32-year-old Aniko Bryant died when a tree fell on her Lonoke home and Tera Hamilton of Clinton died when a tree blew onto her car as she drove on Highway 285 in Faulkner County.

The National Weather Service says 1 to 4 inches of snow could fall across north Arkansas into this morning.  Forecasters say higher elevations in northwest Arkansas could see heavier snow fall reaching 8 inches.  Central Arkansas likely will see a mix of rain and snow.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)