Winter Storm Octavia Impacts Region
Winter storm Octavia roared out of the plains states Sunday night, leaving much of the heartland under a layer of ice and snow. The storm also caused widespread power outages, school cancellations and a variety of traffic accidents. The severe weather was also being blamed for at least one death, as a motorist was killed in Kansas.
For much of the country it was truly and unwelcome site, as the majority of the Midwest and Northeast continued to clean-up from Winter Storm Neptune.
Thanks to Octavia all of Clay County, and surrounding areas, was covered with sleet by early Monday morning, followed by a layer of snow. The precipitation did end by mid-afternoon on Monday--although a Siberian frontal system pushed temperatures to near zero behind the storm system.
Further south more freezing rain was reported, leaving about 20,000 Arkansans without power. None of the outages were reported in Northeast Arkansas, although areas around Marked Tree, Luxora and Tyronza were affected.
Piggott Schools were already out Monday for President's Day, but the weather forced cancellation of classes in Rector, Marmaduke and in other districts. Classes were also called-off for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and the prospects for Friday were bleak due to another weather system.
Central Arkansas received more of the sleet and freezing rain, prompting a rare recess in the current legislative session on Monday. As a result of the icy conditions the capitol was scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, but on a two-hour delay to allow for travel problems.
The weather has also caused problems for area basketball teams, as district tournament play was scheduled. The complete updated schedules may be found in the sports section of this website, and any changes will be posted as soon as possible.
Of course, all the latest weather forecasts, watches, warnings and schedule changes may be found here on our website at www.cctimesdemocrat.com