Some schools close as winter weather comes to an end

Some schools close as winter weather comes to an end
Road crews preparing the roads ahead of the wintry system. (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Parts of Region 8 saw all types of winter Monday, from a cold rain, to sleet, to snow as cold air pushed into Arkansas.

There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for Baxter, Fulton, Izard, and Stone counties until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

About one-inch of snow and sleet, followed by sub-freezing temperatures, could create hazardous road conditions Monday night, into Tuesday morning.

Jonesboro is still expecting to get a cold rain until 6 p.m. before switching to a mixture of sleet and rain before 8. The precipitation will taper off as light snow and sleet.

Before any freezing precipitation began falling, some school officials were taking no chances.

ASU Mountain Home sent an alert around 2 p.m., that due to impending icy conditions, ASUMH will be closing at 3 PM today, 11/11/2019. All evening classes were canceled.

The Highland School District announced it had canceled after-school tutoring, and the middle school’s Beta Club would not meet.

Brookland Middle School rescheduled their PowderPuff game Monday night to Friday night.

Due to the weather forecast, we are going to postpone the PowderPuff game to 6pm Friday night. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Thank you all for your support of this cause!

Posted by Brookland Middle School on Monday, November 11, 2019

The City of Brookland also canceled their senior potluck scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the mayor’s office due to the cold.

Southeast Missouri State University has also been delayed including the Kennett campus until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

For a complete look at the school closures, click here.

Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan and the Region 8 StormTeam have been following this system all week. Any accumulation will be light, with dustings on lawn furniture, grills and windshield wipers expected.

As the wintry weather leaves, the temperatures will be rather cold. Ryan says the temperatures will be very cold for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Temperatures throughout Region 8 are expected to be cold Monday evening, with lows from the low 20's in the north to around freezing in the West Memphis area.
Temperatures throughout Region 8 are expected to be cold Monday evening, with lows from the low 20's in the north to around freezing in the West Memphis area. (Source: KAIT-TV)

As Ryan put it, “We will switch to snow, but accumulations are not likely in most locations”."

We have some energy coming in from the southwest that will enhance the precipitation while a strong cold front dives south with some brutally cold air. Most of this event will be plain 'ole rain.

Road crews spent the day Monday preparing for wintry weather.

The Clay County Highway Department officials were out spreading rock salt and sand. That operation began at 3 p.m.

Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Brad Smithee said they predict to see a few slick bridges.

The Randolph County Road Department began treating roads there around 4 p.m.

Be sure to stay with the Region 8 Weather app as the system moves through.


One of the best ways to be aware of the weather is to follow the Region 8 StormTEAM a number of ways:

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