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Winter Storm Watch, freezing rain, frigid temps all part of forecast

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for this area from Wednesday evening (beginning at 6 p.m.) to Thursday morning (12 p.m.).

The National Weather Service says the northern two to three rows of counties in Arkansas can expect freezing rain Tuesday night into Wednesday. This could create a thin coat of ice on exposed objects — including roadways. A Winter Weather Advisory may be required.

A more significant ice event is in the forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday morning in the northern and central sections of the state. Ice accumulation of a quarter to half-inch is possible. In addition to making travel hazardous, tree damage and power outages are possible with such accumulation.

Then, the coldest air of the season will arrive this weekend and early next week. Temperatures Sunday and Monday mornings will be in the single digits and teens, with highs mostly in the teens and 20s.

Those without proper heating should make preparations. Be sure to check on elderly neighbors, and pets who reside outside should be checked frequently or brought into shelter, if possible.

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