Ice Storm Warning: Final round of icy weather moves through Region 8

Ice Storm Warning issued for southern counties
Published: Jan. 29, 2023 at 10:47 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2023 at 6:49 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – The final round of wintry weather continues to move through parts of Region 8.

“Everything is south of Jonesboro,” Meteorologist Aaron Castleberry said Thursday morning.

The areas receiving the brunt of this latest round of icy weather include Cross, St. Francis, and Woodruff Counties.

Castleberry said those traveling to Little Rock or Memphis on Thursday should expect to encounter slick roads as freezing rain moves through.

A look at the areas that will see the greatest impact Wednesday night.
A look at the areas that will see the greatest impact Wednesday night.(KAIT)

After days of frigid temperatures, Castleberry said we should expect an upswing.

“Temperatures across Region 8 will finally climb above freezing, allowing for more melting, especially in places that saw freezing rain Wednesday night,” he added. “Temperatures over the next couple of days will be below normal, but by the end of the weekend, we are back in the 50s.”

Castleberry said we should see temperatures in the 60s before our next storm system arrives.

“The good news is that system will NOT have wintry weather for Region 8,” he concluded.

After waking to power outages and dangerous road conditions Tuesday morning, Chief...
After waking to power outages and dangerous road conditions Tuesday morning, Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan says Region 8 should brace for a third round of wintry weather on Wednesday night.(gray)

Sleet and freezing rain began falling on the northern half of Arkansas Monday night into early Tuesday morning. By dawn, thousands were without power, and travel was treacherous.

We saw our second round of wintry weather around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Freezing rain and sleet will start again after sunset Wednesday and last until about 4 a.m. Thursday. The areas with the greatest impact in Region 8 include Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Woodruff, and White counties.

We are not expected to get above freezing until Thursday, but the clouds will remain, and we will see very little melting.

Some parts of Region 8 are under an Ice Storm Warning, where 0.25″ or more of freezing rain could occur. Other parts of Region 8 will see lighter amounts of freezing rain and sleet. These areas are under a Winter Weather Advisory.

“Freezing rain can accumulate on powerlines and trees causing power outages,” said Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughn.

“Sunshine and big melting start Friday,” Vaughan concluded.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories and Ice Storm Warnings for all of Northeast Arkansas.

For the latest road conditions, follow these links:

To report power outages:

Clay County Electric Cooperative:

  • 1-800-521-2450
  • Report via text message by clicking here

Craighead Electric Cooperative:

  • 1-888-771-7772
  • Register for text messaging services, click here
  • Outage map

Entergy Arkansas:

  • 1-800-968-8243 (1-800-9OUTAGE)
  • Sign up for text message alerts, click here

Farmers Electric Cooperative:

  • 870-523-3691

Jonesboro City Water & Light:

  • (870) 930-3300
  • Outage map

Mississippi County Electric Cooperative:

  • 1-800-439-4563

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative:

  • Baxter County - 870-425-2141
  • Fulton County - 870-895-3221
  • Izard County - 870-670-5600
  • Sharp County - 870-994-2191
  • Report an outage from the NAEC mobile app, download it here.

Osceola Municipal Light & Power

  • (870) 563-5245

Paragould Light Water and Cable

  • (870) 239-7700

Piggott Municipal Light Water and Sewer

  • (870) 598-3208

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