Storm’s 1st part drops snow in state; round of ice up next

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 12:51 a.m.

Traffic heading south on Interstate 540 slows Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013 between Springdale and Johnson. Snow fall in northwest Arkansas caused some traffic difficulties on the highway including vehicles that slid off the road. Springdale schools were closed an hour early due to the inclement weather.

Utility crews anticipated falling power lines, highway crews treated roadways, and shoppers rushed to grocery and convenience stores in preparation for a winter storm expected to ice over the northern third of the state Wednesday and early today.

Snow Falls in Rogers

Snow falls Wednesday morning in Rogers. Benton and Washington counties are under a winter storm warning in effect until noon Thursday. Snow was falling across the region Wednesday morning, and the National Weather Service was forecasting more precipitation including sleet, rain, snow and freezing rain. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department was reporting slushy and snowy roads in Washington County at 11:30 a.m. (By David Gottschalk)
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