Winter Weather Continues to Impact Region

Thursday, February 6, 2014
The partial thaw,then re-freeze of the past several days left a few interesting ice formations--including these "bent" icicles found along the eve of the Piggott power plant.

The brutal winter of 2013-14 continues to affect much of the nation, with millions without power across the heart of the Midwest into the New England states.

Officials here in Northeast Arkansas report thousands are still without power, with the majority of those affected south and east of the Jonesboro area.

According to Entergy of Arkansas, they still have thousands of customers without power from Blytheville to Forest City. Meanwhile the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas report about 3,600 customers are still without services as of Thursday morning, Feb. 6.

Currently there are over 200 line workers and support staff addressing the problems, and officials report over 50 poles were broken or severely damaged and required replacement.

Most of the outages are scattered across eastern Craighead, eastern Poinsett and Crittenden counties. Cities and communities most affected include Monette, Caraway, Rivervale, Lepanto, Trumann, the area south of Marked Tree, Tulot and Payneway.

The outages in Woodruff County are concentrated along Crowley's Ridge.

The efforts to restore power are also being hampered by the conditions, as extreme cold has pushed into the region behind the latest frontal system. The forecast is also dire, as temperatures as the forecast indicates most of the area will remain below freezing for the next several days.

The weatherman is also calling for more frozen precipitation early next week, further complicating matters.

The latest weather forecast and conditions, along with any watches or warnings, may be found elsewhere on this website.

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