Helena-West Helena-- A white Christmas is here, however many Arkansans are seeing the winter snow storm move in during a period of electrical darkness. Entergy Arkansas reports that 121,671 customers are without power in Arkansas. Entergy crews are working to restore power to the affected areas. The power company has requested 1,000 additional linemen to assist with power restoration.
The National Weather Service has issued this advisory:
Issued by The National Weather Service Memphis, TN
Wed, Dec 26, 2012, 3:14 AM CST Local Radar Map Updated Dec 26, 2012, 4:35am CST
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... * SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. * TIMING... SNOW MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 9 AM THIS MORNING. * IMPACTS... TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS... ESPECIALLY ON SECONDARY ROADS BEGINNING LATE THIS EVENING THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING. GUSTY WINDS UP TO 40 MPH WILL ALSO REDUCE VISIBILITIES AT TIMES DOWN TO LESS THAN A HALF OF A MILE. .PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND SLEET WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES FROM BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING... ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.
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BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MIDSOUTH THROUGH EARLY THIS MORNING... .A POWERFUL UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM CURRENTLY OVER WEST AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE WILL TRACK INTO THE OHIO VALLEY THIS MORNING. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW BANDS WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD EAST AND EVENTUALLY NORTHEAST AS THE STORM LIFTS OUT. NORTH WINDS GUSTING IN EXCESS OF 35 MPH WILL AT TIMES CAUSE SEVERE REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITIES... ALONG WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING CONDITIONS.
From Entergy Arkansas's Twitter Handle:
Entergy Arkansas @EntergyArk At 3:30a, 186,000 of you are now without power. We know for some of you, thanks to last week's windstorm, this is a second outage. #ARwx Expand
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