Scattered electric outages are creeping across Arkansas as the effects of the winter storm start to intensify.
Scattered electric outages are creeping across Arkansas as the effects of the winter storm start to intensify. About 5,000 Arkansas customers were out at about 1 p.m., with the greatest concentration in Independence County, where about 2,500 Entergy Arkansas customers are without lights. North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has 1,750 outages, with more than 700 each out in Baxter and Sharp counties. The Carroll Electric Cooperative reports about 400 outages and First Electric Cooperative has about 200 outages scattered over six counties. Entergy also has about 600 outages each in Pope and Stone counties. So far, the Little Rock area has gotten off light and Entergy is reporting no outages in Pulaski County. The National Weather Service has adjusted its winter weather forecast for Arkansas, with an ice storm warning for 12 northeastern counties. Thursday afternoon the ice storm-warned area includes Batesville, Marshall and Mountain Home. The warned counties are Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Marion, Searcy, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren. The weather service also issued a winter weather advisory for 17 Arkansas counties that envelop the ice storm-warned area. Those counties are Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Conway, Craighead, Faulkner, Greene, Johnson, Jackson, Logan, Madison, Newton, Perry, Pope, White and Yell. The ice storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. as thunderstorms and freezing temperatures are to combine and result in significant icing. Forecasters say roads are hazardous and that power outages are expected from snapped tree limbs.