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    Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather:

    • Freezing Rain creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
    • Sleet is rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes roads to freeze and become slippery.
    • Winter Weather Advisory means cold, ice and snow are expected.
    • Winter Storm Watch means severe weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
    • Winter Storm Warning means severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.
    • Blizzard Warning means heavy snow and strong winds will produce a blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill.
    • Frost/Freeze Warning means below freezing temperatures are expected.
    • When a Winter Storm WATCH is issued
      • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, and television stations, or cable television such as The Weather Channel for further updates.
      • Be alert to changing weather conditions.
      • Avoid unnecessary travel
    • When a Winter Storm WARNING is issued
      • Stay indoors during the storm.
      • If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
      • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
      • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
      • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
      • Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must...
      • Carry an Emergency Supply Kit in the trunk.
        • Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
        • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
        • Eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
        • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
    Related Links
  • NWS: Special Weather Statement
  • Entergy Arkansas prepared for winter weather
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- High pressure will remain firmly in place as it positions itself over the forecast area Thursday.

    Cold, dry conditions will persist, but northerly winds will be a little more subdued compared to previous days as they generally hang between 3-8 mph.

    Despite some high clouds streaming east southeast over the CWA skies will remain sunny throughout the day.

    At the moment, the hard freeze warning for the tier of counties/parishes along and just north of the Interstate 20 corridor will be allowed to run it course and expire at noon today as highs there will be just above freezing by that time.

    However, the hard freeze warning for the remainder of my northern zones will continue through Friday morning. High temperatures overall this afternoon will range from around 30 north to the lower 40s south.

    Protection of pipes, pets and people should be a priority until things begin to warm up on Friday.

    Thursday: Sunny, High 33

    Thursday Night: Clear, Low 20

    You can find all of the latest temperatures and THVideo Weathercasts on our THV Weather homepage.

    Expecting somebody on a flight? Use the LR National Airport's flight tracker.

     

     


    You can also get the latest information sent to your cell phone through text alerts. The service is free but standard text rates apply.


     

    To check road conditions, you can call the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department at 1-800-245-1672.

    Entergy Arkansas is preparing for winter weather. The Entergy Arkansas Storm Center website has more tips and an power outage map.

    Plus, we want to see what you are in your community. Upload your photos or upload your videos and we could share them on-air. You can also check out other people's photos and videos as well.

    Stay tuned to Today's THV for the latest weather developments. Follow us on todaysthv Twitter and search for #arwx for all Arkansas weather tweets. We'll also be updating our Today's THV Facebook page.

     

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