Garrett’s Live Winter Storm Updates

Ice Storm picture from crippling 2009 Springdale Ice Storm iPIX: Melissa Jones

Ice Storm picture from crippling 2009 Springdale Ice Storm iPIX: Melissa Jones

A winter storm is set to affect the area on Thursday and Friday with widespread travel problems and power outages possible. The heaviest precipitation is expected to occur from 10am Thursday – 9am Friday. The first round on Thursday will primarily be freezing rain and sleet with the second round Thursday night into Friday more of a snow/sleet mixture. Confidence is high that this winter storm will materialize as forecast.

Updates below will be posted from our 5NEWS Staff as well as meteorologists Joe Pennington & Tyler Southard.

-Garrett

Rick Bagley December 7, 20136:46 am

As of 6:45 a.m.

Rick Bagley December 7, 20136:34 am

Without power? You can watch a live stream of our newscast here. It works on your cell phone. We’ll be on until 8 a.m. http://5newsonline.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Rick Bagley December 7, 20136:22 am

@5NEWSJoe Waking up to the coldest temps in NWA since Feb 2011.

Rick Bagley December 7, 20136:19 am

Current power outages:

SWEPCO: 4,400
OG&E: 7,300
Arkansas Valley Electric: 13,000

Rick Bagley December 7, 20136:15 am

Lambeth road in Bella Vista is still closed.

Rick Bagley December 7, 20136:13 am

A Crawford Co. family is homeless this morning after their house burned down.  The chimney caught fire.  The family was trying to heat their home because they power in the winter storm.

John Sandner December 6, 20135:57 pm

The Ratcliff Arkansas Water Department is asking residents to conserve water as the plant is without electricity until further notice.

John Sandner December 6, 20135:52 pm

The Fayetteville Animal Shelter will be closed on Saturday due to winter weather conditions.

John Sandner December 6, 20135:50 pm

The Bella Vista Men’s Chorus has cancelled its December 8th Christmas concert due to inclement weather. A new date has not been rescheduled at this time.

Larry Henry December 6, 20135:36 pm

NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Testing Center will be closed all day.

Larry Henry December 6, 20134:47 pm

The Walton Arts Center is announcing the
following changes to shows scheduled for December 6- 8:


Sing-a-long Sound of Music originally set for Friday is rescheduled for Jan. 10, 2014, at 7 p.m. Ticketholders can use their tickets on the new date.


Mariachi Los Camperos: Fiesta Navidad originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, is postponed due to weather-related travel issues for the band. WAC
is working to reschedule this performance.

Ronnie Milsap originally scheduled to perform on Sunday, Dec. 8, has been resheduled for Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 Ticketholders can use their tickets on the new date.

Larry Henry December 6, 201312:41 pm

The only road still closed in Bella Vista at about 12:40 p.m. is Lambeth Road, officials said.

Larry Henry December 6, 201312:01 pm

The Children’s Santa Train in Springdale is still scheduled to run Saturday. More than 3,000 people are signed up to ride. The first train leaves at 8 a.m.

Larry Henry December 6, 201311:49 am

Viewer Amanda Rodebush emailed this picture to 5NEWS, showing a snapped tree branch atop a power line on Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith.

Larry Henry December 6, 201311:43 am

Bentonville city offices are closed today, but police and other emergency personnel are working.

Larry Henry December 6, 201311:36 am

This car slid off the road in Fayetteville. A police officer helped the motorist get it back on the road.

Larry Henry December 6, 201311:07 am

Walton Arts Center’s “Sing-a-long Sound of Music” set for today is rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. Ticketholders can use their tickets on the new date. For more information, call (479) 443-5600.  

Larry Henry December 6, 201311:04 am

Centerton City Hall is closed today. Trash pickup scheduled for today will be picked up next Friday, including all excess trash, the mayor says.

Larry Henry December 6, 201311:02 am

This picture by 5NEWS photographer Robby Ferguson shows a truck that slid off I-540 in Northwest Arkansas this morning.

Larry Henry December 6, 201310:53 am

The 188th Fighter Wing has canceled drill this weekend. Scheduled makeup is Dec. 14-15. Those who decide not to make up the drill next weekend will have the option of making it
up during the week.

Larry Henry December 6, 201310:49 am

Heavener City Hall is closed today because of the weather.

kfsmbjennings December 6, 20139:04 am

Arkansas Valley Electric: About 16,400 homes are without
power, with the majority of the outages occurring in Waldron, Shoal Creek,
Booneville, Ozark and Clarksville.

Swepco: About 10,100 homes are without power, with the large
majority of the outages being reported in Sebastian County.

OG&E: More than 9,000 homes are without power. About
5,000 of those outages are in the Fort Smith area. Hundreds of homes in both
Lavaca and Alma are also experiencing outages.

Ozark Electric: Not reporting any outages as of early Friday
morning.

All electric companies said crews worked throughout the night to restore
power.

Stay with 5NEWS for all your latest weather coverage, as the snowy and slick
conditions continue throughout the day.

kfsmbjennings December 6, 20138:26 am

For a complete list of area schools and business closings, go to 5NEWSonline.com.

kfsmbjennings December 6, 20138:20 am

Check out our live Winter Weather team coverage on KXNW34 right now. @5NEWSJOE @5NEWSKatie

kfsmbjennings December 6, 20138:17 am

A  little snow and ice predawn for the folks in Van Buren@5NEWSJoe


kfsmbjennings December 6, 20138:06 am

North 22nd and E Streets in Fort Smith are blocked due to downed power lines.

Rick Bagley December 6, 20135:47 am

Highway 71 is shutdown at Greenwood due to downed power lines.

Rick Bagley December 6, 20135:46 am

Road Closures in Bella Vista: Oldham road, Wellington Riordan and Lamberth.

John Sandner December 5, 201310:16 pm

Montessori School in Ratcliff will be closed tomorrow.

Shain Bergan December 5, 20139:57 pm

Reporters Austin Reed and Katelynn Zoellner braved the cold, ice and snow Thursday night to bring you the latest road conditions in Washington and Benton counties.

See their live reports here: http://link.kfsm.com/1gbuY28

John Sandner December 5, 20139:08 pm

The University of the Ozarks – Clarksville –  will be closed for classes on Friday.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20138:59 pm

Arkansas Valley Electric has 4426 out of power.
2374 in Waldron
460 in Mountainburg
304 in Booneville
114 in Hartford

John Sandner December 5, 20138:58 pm

Alma Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:58 pm

Fayetteville Montessori School will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:37 pm

Saint Boniface School in Fort Smith will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:36 pm

Christ the King School in Fort Smith will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:35 pm

Magazine Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:34 pm

Arkansas Tech University – Russellville Campus – will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:30 pm

Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus –  will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:29 pm

Fort Smith Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:29 pm

Danville School District will be closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:28 pm

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville will be closed for classes on Friday. Saturday classes are still to be determined.

John Sandner December 5, 20138:26 pm

Van Buren School District will be closed tomorrow.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20138:23 pm

Arkansas Valley has 3293 out of power including 2369 in Waldron and 288 in Booneville.
SWEPCO has 547 out in Sebastian Co.,..mostly in Greenwood. OGE has 55 out in Charleston, 431 in Branch

Daren Bobb December 5, 20138:21 pm

3293 without power now with Arkansas Valley…2369 in Waldron.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20137:53 pm

73% of Waldron is in the dark. Arkansas Valley has more than 2790 people without power…2261 in Waldron.

John Sandner December 5, 20137:44 pm

Mulberry Pleasant View Public School will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20137:38 pm

Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20137:37 pm

Lavaca Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20137:36 pm

Fort Smith Montessori School will be closed tomorrow.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20137:28 pm

Arkansas Valley has 1454 out of power including 961 in Waldron and 274 in Booneville.
SWEPCO has 112 out in Sebastian Co.,..mostly in Greenwood. OGE has 85 out in Charleston

John Sandner December 5, 20137:17 pm

Kiamichi Technology Center in Talihina will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20137:07 pm

Subiaco Academy will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20137:04 pm

Spiro School District will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:45 pm

Russellville School District will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:33 pm

Clarksville Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:28 pm

Pocola School District will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:16 pm

The University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be closed for all Friday classes. 

John Sandner December 5, 20136:15 pm

Westside School District will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:06 pm

Union Christian Academy will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:05 pm

Scranton School District will be closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20136:04 pm

Eureka Springs School District will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:52 pm

Mena Public Schools will be closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:48 pm

Central Public Schools in Sequoyah County will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:43 pm

Franklin County Learning Center will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:42 pm

Arkoma Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:38 pm

Charleston School District will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:36 pm

Northwest Arkansas Community College will be closed tomorrow. Weekend classes for Sat and Sunday will occur as scheduled.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20135:35 pm

SWEPCO now has 1114 people without power…mainly in the Greenwood area. Arkansas Valley is now down to 151…OGE has 55 out in the Charleston area

John Sandner December 5, 20135:33 pm

Greenwood Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:32 pm

Monroe Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:29 pm

Sleet starting to mix with snow in Fayetteville.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:25 pm

Gentry Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:25 pm

Ozark School District will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:23 pm

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:22 pm

LeFlore Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:05 pm

Hodgen Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:04 pm

Mountainburg Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:03 pm

Sallisaw Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:02 pm

Belfonte Public Schools closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:01 pm

Hartford Public Schools will be closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20135:00 pm

Ecclesia Christian College in Springdale will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:59 pm

Cedarville Public Schools will be closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:58 pm

Paris School District will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:57 pm

Snow/sleet mix being reported on roads in Rogers.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:55 pm

Serious Ice accumulations on trees and power lines in Mansfield being reported.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:53 pm

Stigler Public Schools will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:52 pm

Lifeway Christian School in Centerton will be closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:50 pm

Red Oak Public Schools closed on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:49 pm

Gans Public Schools closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:49 pm

Arkansas National Guard implementing their inclement weather policy for full time employees for Friday.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20134:47 pm

Wow. This is at least .25″ maybe .50″ ice accumulation N of Ozark on the mountain. iPIX: Melissa Mariotthttp://localtvkfsm.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/ozarkice.jpg?w=660

John Sandner December 5, 20134:46 pm

Elkins Public Schools closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:45 pm

Marble City School District closed for school on Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:39 pm

Brushy Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:38 pm

Heavener Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:36 pm

Howe Public Schools in Oklahoma will be closed Friday.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20134:33 pm

Arkansas Valley now has 1028 out of power. 359 in Hartford, 348 in Puddin Ridge and 320 in Waldron

John Sandner December 5, 20134:31 pm

Saint Joseph’s Catholic School in Fayetteville will be closed Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:30 pm

West Fork Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:30 pm

Siloam Springs School District will be closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:24 pm

Whitesboro School District closed tomorrow.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:22 pm

Huntsville School District closed Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:17 pm

Shiloh Christian will be closed Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:16 pm

Liberty Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20134:12 pm

Sleet/Snow covered in Bentonville, AR now. iPIX Jennifer Sabatucci

John Sandner December 5, 20134:09 pm

Cameron Public Schools will be closed Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20134:08 pm

Muldrow Public Schools will be closed Friday

John Sandner December 5, 20134:07 pm

Logan County Day Services in Booneville will be closed tomorrow.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20134:06 pm

Trees going down in Lavaca, AR Shannon Scott

Daren Bobb December 5, 20134:04 pm

Arkansas Valley now up to 791. Among those out are 401 in Waldron and 348 in Puddin Ridge near Ozark

John Sandner December 5, 20134:01 pm

Providence Academy in Rogers will be closed Friday

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:58 pm

Governor Bebee declares statewide disaster for Arkansas and releases $100,000 from disaster fund for storm response.  

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20133:58 pm

Tree limbs going down in Spiro, OK via Cindy Sebo

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20133:55 pm

Ashley Cloud Gravette, Arkansas. As of 3:50 pm. Snow and sleet falling and roads
are covered

John Sandner December 5, 20133:54 pm

Hackett Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20133:54 pm

Arkansas Valley now at 632 out of power

John Sandner December 5, 20133:54 pm

Fayetteville Christian Schools will be closed tomorrow.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20133:49 pm

Arkansas Valley Electric now has 538 customers out. 348 in Puddin Ridge near Ozark

John Sandner December 5, 20133:48 pm

Cave Springs Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20133:48 pm

At 3:30pm the sleet changed to snow in Bentonville, AR. iPIX David Lattanzio.http://localtvkfsm.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/btnvsnow.jpg?w=660

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20133:45 pm

Bella Vista, AR near Missouri state line on Hwy 71 is essentially ice/sleet covered. iPIX Ryan Hodges

John Sandner December 5, 20133:43 pm

Kinta Public Schools closed Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20133:40 pm

Fayetteville Public Schools closed friday.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20133:37 pm

Deb Hixon from 8 miles north of Mtn Magazine

Daren Bobb December 5, 20133:32 pm

Arkansas Valley Electric now has 93 customers without power. The only power outages reported right now

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:27 pm

Emergency management reporting limbs and power lines down in the Pocola, OK area, extending into Sebastian county AR.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:24 pm

Governor Fallin declares State of Emergency for Oklahoma due to the winter storm. This includes all 77 counties.  

John Sandner December 5, 20133:22 pm

Gravette Schools closed tomorrow.

Rick Bagley December 5, 20133:21 pm

Fort Smith Christmas parade cancelled due to weather.  No word if it will be rescheduled.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:17 pm

All Bentonville schools have been closed for Friday.

John Sandner December 5, 20133:17 pm

Bentonville School District closed tomorrow.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20133:16 pm

Power slowly coming back on for now. All SWEPCO power is back on. Arkansas Valley Electric is now down to 9 total customers out…OG&E has no power outages.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20133:16 pm

Altus, Arkansas around 2pm today from Juliette Brown.

John Sandner December 5, 20133:15 pm

Pea Ridge Schools closed tomorrow.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:15 pm

Ice building up in Poteau, Oklahoma. 

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:12 pm

Tree limb down on a truck and power lines in Jenny Lind knocking out power.

John Sandner December 5, 20133:11 pm

Decatur Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

Daren Bobb December 5, 20133:10 pm

all SWEPCO power is back on…Arkansas Valley has 38 out in Waldron, 16 in Booneville. OGE is normal

Rick Bagley December 5, 20133:10 pm

Multiple power lines coming down in Greenwood.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:08 pm

SWEPCO now reporting Sebastian county outages have been restored.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20133:06 pm

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and Fort Smith Regional Airport are both experiencing delayed and cancelled departures and arrivals.

John Sandner December 5, 20133:02 pm

Benton County School of the Arts in Rogers will be closed for Friday classes.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:59 pm

A 7 vehicle wreck on I-540 in Fayetteville including children. At least one woman was transported to the hospital but details on any injuries are unknown at this time.

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20132:58 pm

Erika Elmore in Poteau send to this to us… you can really see the ice build up on most elevated surfaces.

Rick Bagley December 5, 20132:58 pm

Rogers schools closed Friday.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:55 pm

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative is reporting 38 power outages in Waldron, 15 in Booneville, and 1 in Lutherville. 

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20132:52 pm

Rates of ice could exceed .10 in our area for next few hours. Be careful out there

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20132:52 pm

Ice in Greenwood already weighing down trees and powerlines

Garrett Lewis December 5, 20132:51 pm

Rye Hill Ice accumulations

John Sandner December 5, 20132:49 pm

Seven vehicle crash Northbound I-540 in Fayetteville

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:49 pm

Swepco reporting 126 customers currently without power in Sebastian County.

Rick Bagley December 5, 20132:25 pm

State police respond to 1- vehicle wreck after car slides off of I-540 and into a ravine near Exit 82, police say. No one injured

Rick Bagley December 5, 20132:24 pm

Springdale schools closed Friday.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:17 pm

Ice in Fort Smith.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:17 pm

Ice in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:17 pm

Ice in Charleston.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:17 pm

Ice in Fort Smith.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:17 pm

Ice in Van Buren.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:14 pm

Ice in Greenwood.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:14 pm

Sleet in Tontitown.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:14 pm

Ice in Rye Hill.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:13 pm

Ice in Cedarville.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:13 pm

Sleet accumulated in Mountainburg.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:12 pm

Ice in Heavener, Oklahoma.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:11 pm

Ice in Greenwood.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:11 pm

Ice in Van Buren.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:11 pm

Ice in Muldrow, Oklahoma.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:10 pm

Ice in Spiro, Oklahoma.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20132:09 pm

Ice in Alma.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20131:43 pm

Multiple cars are off the road in Fayetteville at the business district exit. The cars lost control on the icy overpass above. (Taken around 1:15PM Thursday)

Tyler Southard December 5, 20131:41 pm

Sleet is accumulating in Fayetteville creating some slick spots on roadways as of 1:30 PM.

Amanda Hale December 5, 201310:38 am

St. John Catholic School releasing classes at 11:30 and Waldron will let out classes at 2 p.m.

Amanda Hale December 5, 201310:36 am

Mena Public Schools releasing students at 2:00 p.m Thursday.

Tyler Southard December 5, 20139:59 am

It was an icy drive this morning on I-540 from Fort Smith to Fayetteville as the first wave of winter weather moved in. Bridges and overpasses were starting to ice
over north of the tunnel where the temp was already down into the upper
20s by 9:30am with sleet and freezing rain falling. I observed drivers
pulling over to remove some of the ice off their wipers and windshields
that had been building up. Below is a shot of the ice on my car after
making the drive.

Tyler Southard December 4, 20137:39 pm

The upcoming winter storm has the potential to be a high impact event largely due to the accumulation of ice we are forecasting for parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Ice storms lead to travel disruptions and power outages that can last for days and sometimes weeks in severe cases. To better gauge impacts and aid in preparation, meteorologists with the National Weather Service have created an ‘Ice Accumulation Index’. This takes into consideration wind and ice accumulation totals. 

Locally we are expecting some areas to receive between 1/4-3/4″ of ice accumulation with isolated higher amounts possible. This coupled with sustained winds between 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20 mph range would place spots in an index of up to the 3-4 range.

If power outages do occur where you live, it is important to have a plan in place ahead of time that includes adequate food and shelter for and prolonged period.

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