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    Forecasters upgrade area of AR to ice storm warning

    5:45 AM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning in effect from 6pm this evening to 6pm Friday.

    Significant ice accumulations are expected across central Arkansas. Rain is expected to begin this morning and precipitation will change to freezing rain late this afternoon.

    The National Weather Service said rain will switch over to freezing rain in northwestern Arkansas around daybreak Thursday, then switch over to sleet, snow or a mix of sleet and snow.

    The wintry precipitation will eventually find its way to the southeast and impact much of the state.
                
    Forecasters say that west of Mountain Home and north of Clinton and Jasper, ice could accumulate to between one-quarter- and one-half-inch thick before switching over to sleet and snow. Then another 3 to 4 inches of winter precipitation could gather.
                
    Travel is expected to become difficult or impossible throughout northern and western Arkansas.

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