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Many ice prone areas in central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many of these slick prone locations have one of two factors; either they're more exposed to elements like a bridge or overpass or run over hilly terrain.

Benton Police say slick prone spots other than I-30 overpasses include Edison Avenue and Highway Five in the northeastern part of the city.

I-30 travelers hit a flood of wrecks Wednesday morning. Benton police and state troopers reported 19 wrecks within about two hours around 10 a.m.

"...Started getting bad really quick especially on bridges and overpasses," said Lt. Kevin Russell.

Russell says precipitation took the area off guard and that left the department scrambling for reinforcements to cover the crash volume.

"We had to have officers from our detective division, training and support services actually go out and assist with the call load," said Russell.

Entergy storm teams on high alert for winter weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Entergy Arkansas is preparing for this latest round of winter weather.

Sally Graham with Entergy said its crews are on high alert. "We're preparing for the possibility in certain areas of Arkansas and in our service territory of 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch of ice accumulation so there could be some outages related to that from ice on our wires to ice on a tree limbs," said Graham.

Graham said about 500 hundred outages were reported on Wednesday, and that's compared to 7,000 on Monday.

The majority of the outages are in Saline County, after a car hit a pole Wednesday morning.

Graham said that if you do lose power, turn the heat on your thermostat off. That makes it easier for crews to monitor voltage levels after they fix the issue.

Customers can download Entergy smartphone app to receive text alerts and keep track of outages.

Rare Arctic blast hits Entergy Arkansas as more wintry weather is on the way

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Entergy) - Another round of wintry precipitation is predicted for parts of Arkansas on Wednesday night. This comes as Entergy Arkansas has been monitoring and responding to well-below normal winter temperatures that have created extreme cold conditions for customers and heavy load levels for utilities across the state.

The deepfreeze conditions plaguing Arkansas have brought additional power outages over the last couple of days. But whether an outage is caused directly by the temperatures or something else, restoration becomes more complex because of the different way customers are restored once any needed repairs are made.

Frigid temps push Compassion Center to make more room for homeless

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I think each year we're seeing more and more homeless people," Pastor William Holloway of the Little Rock Compassion Center explains.

The Compassion Center is preparing for the bone chilling temperatures expected to hit central Arkansas this coming weekend. Pastor Holloway continues, "We got 200 beds and when we run out of beds we got a hundred mats and then we can put another hundred on the kitchen floor in the dining area and have another hundred people with just blankets and pillows."

In weather like this, medical doctors urge people to take precaution. Dr. Wendell Pahls of Baptist Health Medical Center says, "It can be very dangerous particularly for people in the south when they're unaccustomed to being exposed to cold weather. You can freeze to death in 30 degree weather. It depends on the persons survival skills. It depends on the amount of body fat they have. It depends on the type of clothing."

Ed Buckner's nephews take over the weather center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - It quickly became a family weather segment during Ed Buckner's forecast on Friday.

Watch as Ed welcomes his nephews, Jacob and Will, on camera to help explain the forecast.

 

 

 

Forecast, Closings, etc: Helpful links for severe weather

With winter weather visiting Arkansas this weekend, we want to make sure you're as ready as can be for anything that comes our way. We hope these links are helpful to you.

Be safe and stay warm!

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LATEST THV11 WEATHER FORECAST: http://on.kthv.com/1iwurd0

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: http://on.kthv.com/1g6MlkC

BUSINESS CLOSINGS/EVENT CANCELLATIONS: http://on.kthv.com/IRFrBZ 

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7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival Showing Both Sides of River

7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival Showing Both Sides of River

Don't miss the 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival May 15 - May 19! See award winning films and filmmakers from around the globe right here in walkable Little Rock/North Little Rock. For more information on the film festival or to purchase passes, visit LittleRockFilmFestival.org