Snow Falls on Arkansas After a Warm Dry Spell

JANUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - After a long, dry spell and unseasonably warm temperatures, a light snow fell today in northeast Arkansas, and other parts of the state.

The first winter precipitation fell inside a ten-mile wide band from around Salem through Heber Springs and Little Rock and was brief.

At approximately 2 p.m., light snow flurries began falling at the K8 studios north of Jonesboro, by 2:30, heavier snow began falling and continued to do so for approximately ten minutes.

Most of Arkansas has been suffering from a months-long drought and temperatures this month were the warmest ever on record for the start of a new year.

The last significant snowfall this winter was December 7, when one to three inches of snow fell in parts of the state.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)