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Jimmy Buffet leaves video note to Arkansas about cancellation

Jimmy Buffet leaves video note to Arkansas about cancellation

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Verizon Arena) - Verizon Arena regrets to announce that tomorrow night's Jimmy Buffett concert, Saturday December 7th, has been cancelled due to severe winter weather conditions, including freezing rain, sleet and snow.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for Pulaski County and the surrounding counties, prompting officials to cancel this weekend's concert.

Michael Marion, General Manager of Verizon Arena, said "I've spoken personally to the Arkansas Highway Department, our local meteorologists and have read all of the reports and the conditions for this weekend are simply prohibitive for us to host Jimmy Buffett tomorrow night. We regret we have had to cancel the concert, but our patrons safety is always first and foremost."

Refunds are available at point of purchase. Tickets purchased by phone or online through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded.

Man arrested in snowy downtown Little Rock bank robbery

Road condition, power outage, and accident updates throughout the area

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Tens of thousands of Arkansans woke up to power outages Friday morning, and now power crews from all over are working tirelessly to get things up and running again. THV11 crews have been working around the clock to keep abreast of road conditions and happening throughout the central Arkansas area

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At the interchange of I-430 and I-630 in West Little Rock, surprisingly little traffic was out at the 5 p.m. hour.

Danny Strassle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said his crews have been spreading a mixture of calcium chloride, sand, and salt to combat the ice on the roads and a good number of the highways have also been plowed in the Little Rock area. He said crews will continue to work throughout the night.

Arkansans braving the cold, icy conditions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Rain that eventually turned into snow and sleet-left many people in a tough situation when they came out to their cars at Children's Hospital Friday morning.

"It's horrible; it's terrible; just be careful," said one driver. "I'm going to be careful all the way home."

Many of the streets in downtown Little Rock were clear for the majority of the day, but some were not fazed by the icy conditions.

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"It's kind of cold. That's about it," said George Fuentes. He spent most of his morning transporting goods between both of his restaurants in the River Market. "Coming to pick up some more groceries for the restaurant to be prepared."

State Police: Stay away from I-30 between I-40, I-440

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas State Police are warning drivers to stay away from I-30 between I-40 and I-440 at all costs.

An employee with ASP said big trucks are sliding off the road, causing traffic to go at a crawl.

So far, no major accidents or injuries have been reported in this area, but police want to make sure it doesn't happen if at all possible.

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Christmas party cancelled due to weather, catering donated to Our House instead

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH) in Little Rock used this week's winter storm to help others in need.

Their annual Christmas party was supposed to take place at the Clinton Library Friday night, and people from all over the country were flying in to celebrate until the ice storm hit. By the time they had to reschedule, it was too late, and the catering company already had the food prepared, so they decided to put it to good use and donate it.

"The amount that we were going to spend on our party, the folks will take more than a week's worth of food for the folks here at Our House. Our folks were actually pretty excited about it when we told them that instead of going to the party we're going to use the food here. People were really very excited about that," said Phil Goad, a partner of CTEH.

Goad added that they all consider it a blessing to be able to give back.

Arkansas Capitol lighting ceremony canceled over storm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials have canceled the holiday lighting ceremony at the Arkansas state Capitol because of the wintry weather.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said Friday that they will still turn on the Christmas lights at the Capitol this weekend, but the office says there won't be a lighting ceremony.

Martin's office says the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony, which was to be held in conjunction with the Capitol lighting, has also been cancelled.

The National Weather Service has issued ice and winter storm warnings for much of Arkansas.

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