February 1, 2015
7:53 pm
RAIN:  7AM to 7AM:  .36"    Month:  .36”    Year:  4.13"   |  TEMPS:  High: 46  Low: 37

Roads slick, weekend forecast improves but chances of snow next week

     Road conditions remain an issue in the Twin Lakes Area Wednesday morning following a winter storm that dumped snow, freezing rain and sleet across the region Tuesday. The storm began with heavy snowfall shortly after 8 a.m. followed by freezing rain and sleet later in the day. The latest winter storm left three inches of wintry mix on the roads and ground, according to measurements taken at KTLO, Classic Hit 101.7 and The Boot studios, the official reporting station for the National Weather Service, and resulted in slick driving conditions and closure of virtually all area schools.
     Fortunately, most of the precipitation was snow with a tenth of an inch or more of freezing rain and sleet on top of it. Other parts of Arkansas, including central areas of the state, received heavier amounts of ice.
     The temperature Tuesday reached 30 degrees and some of the ice and snow on area roads melted but road surfaces this morning remain slick in spots due to refreezing overnight.
     A National Weather Service forecast for the Twin Lakes Area indicates a winter storm that was expected to arrive this weekend may not produce any significant precipitation. However, the forecast for early next week is indicating a 40 percent chance of light snow and continued freezing temperatures.
     As for road conditions in the Twin Lakes Area Wednesday morning, Corporal Dwight Duch of the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, had this update this morning.
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     Authorities are advising motorists who are out today, particularly during the early morning hours, to use caution and to lower their speed.
     The weather forecast for later this week is not as ominous as it was. Meteorologist Willie Gilmore with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock on expectations through the weekend.
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     Gilmore indicated there's a chance the area could receive several inches of dry snow from the front Friday and Saturday.
     He says there's a possibility of another front that may move across the region early next week.
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     Willie Gilmore of the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.

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