Ice storm causes delay for schools and businesses in central Arkansas

An ice storm is expected to hit central Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday morning, bringing potentially hazardous road conditions and power outages. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of the state, warning of freezing rain and sleet that could accumulate up to a quarter of an inch.

The icy conditions could make travel difficult and dangerous, especially on bridges, overpasses, and untreated roads. Drivers are advised to slow down, use caution, and avoid unnecessary travel if possible. Power lines and trees could also be affected by the ice, leading to power outages and falling branches.

Ice storm causes delay for schools and businesses in central Arkansas
Ice storm causes delay for schools and businesses in central Arkansas

Several school districts announce two-hour delay for Monday

As a precaution, several school districts in central Arkansas have announced that they will have a two-hour delayed start on Monday morning. The districts include the Pulaski County Special Schools District, Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, North Little Rock School District, and Little Rock School District.

The delay is intended to allow more time for the roads to clear and the temperatures to rise above freezing. District officials said that they will monitor the weather situation and update parents and staff if there are any changes. All athletic events and activities scheduled for Monday are also canceled.

City offices and businesses also affected by the ice storm

The city of North Little Rock has also announced that city offices will open with a two-hour delay on Monday. The city said that essential personnel, such as police, fire, and sanitation workers, should report to work as normal. The city also urged residents to stay home and stay safe during the ice storm.

Some businesses in central Arkansas have also decided to close or delay their operations on Monday due to the weather. For example, the Arkansas Blood Institute said that it will be closed on Monday and will resume normal hours on Tuesday. The institute said that it is in urgent need of blood donations and encouraged donors to schedule an appointment online.

Residents prepare for the ice storm and its aftermath

Many residents in central Arkansas have been preparing for the ice storm and its possible consequences. Some have stocked up on groceries, batteries, flashlights, and other essentials in case of power outages or road closures. Others have checked their vehicles, generators, and heating systems to make sure they are ready for the cold weather.

Some residents have also been enjoying the snow and ice that have already fallen in some parts of the state. Children have been making snowmen, sledding, and having snowball fights. Adults have been taking pictures, shoveling driveways, and helping neighbors. However, everyone has been advised to stay indoors and keep warm as the ice storm intensifies.

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