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When disaster strikes: Preparing for the worst

When disaster strikes: Preparing for the worst

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The weather has started to get a little more interesting. It usually does as we head toward spring. THV's head meteorologist Ed Buckner shared an important reminder for Arkansans on "THV 11 News at 10:00".

Recently our neighbors In Missouri, Oklahoma and Alabama have experienced devastating EF 5 tornadoes wiping out huge chunks of their cities. THV 11 urges you to have your plan in place because it could happen here as well.

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As winter slowly turns to spring. We see more people out and about doing what they love and enjoying the weather.

Science with Sarah: This Year's Winter - Record or no?

From school closings to wrecked cars- this year's winter weather has gone from small talk to the talk of the town. Compared to the average, Arkansas' winter so far may or may not catch you by surprise.

December 2013 saw more snowy than normal, and it was the 3rd year in a row in which that month produced snow in Arkansas. The snow didn't stick around though, temperatures jumped in December from record highs to record cold afternoons as well. Since the temperatures were all over the place, the average temperature came out even: December's average was 42.9 degrees, the normal for the month is 43 degrees, only leaving Dec. 2013 only one-tenth of a degree cooler than normal.

January came in with the cold! The month was very dry and the average morning temperature was about 7 degrees colder than it should be.

Entergy gearing up for another winter storm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After restoring power to nearly 48,000 customers, Entergy Arkansas is preparing for another round of winter weather.

In the last few days, crews have replaced 50 miles of wire, 272 broken poles and 27 transformers.

One lineman said his motivation is the rewarding feeling of helping others. "I think about myself and my family. There's so many of them out there like that that are in the dark and it's cold. So you push yourself. You push yourself extra hard to get it done," said Corey Culp, Senior Lineman and Entergy.

STORY: Entergy: "Could take days to restore power"

Friday night snow caused mess for metro area

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday night, THV11 crews watched the road conditions for us as more than 3 inches fell across parts of central Arkansas, nearly putting the city of Little Rock at a standstill.

Drivers couldn't get up many hills and commuters got stuck trying to get home to Saline and Garland counties.

Little rock police responded to more than 150 accidents on Friday night. Many people were involved in accidents or forced to abandon their cars.

In all the chaos, we've learned about those rare individuals who put their own problems aside to help others.

Winter storm causes problems in the east

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Conditions in Arkansas are not as bad as those in the east.

As the storm moved from the Midwest to the northeast, nearly 3,000 flights were cancelled in the U.S. on Wednesday alone.

The video attached shows a look at lines at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport from earlier Thursday afternoon.

Many flights reported to be delayed causing much frustration and anger among passengers.

However, the winter storm is said to have moved off shore so for now, folks in the east will get a break from the seemingly non-stop waves of snow and freezing rain.

Hundreds of thousands of people are having to make do without power in frigid temperatures.

As of late Wednesday night, more than 500,000 customers were without power in Pennsylvania.

Like Arkansas, a state of emergency has been declared and the governor said it may take days before power is fully restored.

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Live: Weather impact on travel conditions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We have live team coverage right now to give you the latest weather updates.

Dustin Wilson is live in Little Rock to tell us which roads we should avoid tonight, and Phil Buck is live from the I-30/I-40 Interchange with Randy Ort from the Highway Department.