LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 61 drought-stricken Arkansas counties as disaster areas, making farmers and ranchers in the counties eligible for natural disaster assistance.

Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Just days after severe storms brought tornadoes and heavy rain to Arkansas, another round of storms is expected to bring more precipitation.

The National Weather Service says rain is expected to begin Tuesday night and continue through Thursday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Strong winds toppled power lines and damaged buildings as a line of storms began its slow move through Arkansas.

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National Weather Service in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are asking residents to prepare for the possibility of flooding as a weather system carrying heavy rain passes through parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Several rounds of heavy rain are expected throughout much of Arkansas this week, and forecasters say flash flooding and river flooding are both possible.


Bridges and overpasses are the main concern as a cold front is expected to bring freezing rain to the Mid-South Tuesday night. 



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Much of Arkansas will be under a winter storm warning or advisory later Monday as a blast of Arctic air could dump up to 4 inches of snow in parts of the state and send temperatures plummeting.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for Monday evening through Tuesday when bands of snow will develop behind the front.

About half the state could see snowfall totals between 2 and 3 inches, with up to 4 inches to the south.

Forecasters also included northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana in the warning.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Crews in Arkansas are working to restore electricity to areas that have lost power during this week's cold snap.

Entergy Arkansas says about 1,100 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning. Earlier, electricity was knocked out to about 500 customers in downtown Little Rock after a piece of equipment malfunctioned in a substation, but Entergy says that power was restored at about 3 a.m.

Another outage knocked out electricity to about 600 customers in west Little Rock.

Conditions in Arkansas are still dangerously dry despite rainfall over the weekend.

Much of the western half of the state is under threat of wildfires with 58 of the state’s 75 counties still under active burn bans as of Monday. That number is down from a high of 70 late last week.

Tiny Ips beetles, about the size of a grain of rice, are posing a risk to pine forests in southwest Arkansas. The state Department of Agriculture is advising landowners to survey property, contact foresters, and consider clear cutting infested trees. Forest Health Specialist Chandler Barton, with the state Forestry Commission, says extreme drought levels are weakening trees and making them susceptible to insects and disease.


High winds and dry conditions have prompted forecasters to again discourage Mid-South residents from outdoor burning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of the KASU listening area.  Areas under the warning include Northeast Arkansas including Craighead and Greene, all of West Tennessee, and Pemiscott and Dunklin Counties in Missouri.

A wind advisory is also in effect for the area.  Forecasters say wind gusts could get as high as 40 mph.

At least two grass fires have been reported today by Jonesboro E911.

Fire warning issued for much of Arkansas, Oklahoma

Dec 11, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters say windy, dry conditions could create dangerous wildfire conditions for much of Arkansas and northern Oklahoma on Monday.

A red flag warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday. That means that fires can spread rapidly, and people should avoid any outdoor burning.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says wind gusts of 20 mph or more are possible Monday. That, combined with low humidity levels and drought conditions in the state, raises the risk of wildfires.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms with high winds, hail and possibly tornadoes were forecast from the Southern Plains to Illinois and Iowa as a strong cold front approaches the region.

The Storm Prediction Center said the strongest storms were possible from the Ozarks into northeastern Missouri. Humid air extended from Texas into Iowa on Monday morning, but a cold front was expected to cross the region overnight.


The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) has suppressed 103 wildfires that burned 1,805 acres in the last four days, and now, 59 of 75 Arkansas counties are under high wildfire danger. Current drought conditions and weather forecasts for low humidity and gusty winds will create elevated wildfire danger across Arkansas through this week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say people from out of state who expect to be in Tennessee for an extended period because of damage to their homes or workplaces by Hurricane Irma can file for unemployment insurance.

Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burn Phillips said in a news release that the state wants to make sure people staying in Tennessee have information they need to receive unemployment benefits they're entitled to.