JONESBORO – Arkansas State University is closed on Friday, Jan. 22, due to winter weather. All classes in Jonesboro and at the Paragould campus are cancelled.  Online courses continue.  A-State offices are closed.  University essential personnel will report to work Friday.

Students are encouraged to check their official A-State student email accounts as well as the Blackboard shells for their courses for materials or updates from their professors.

Winter Weather Forecast and Preparations

Jan 21, 2016

  Forecasters are predicting more winter weather and have issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of the KASU Listening area. 

The National Weather Service in Memphis issued the warning to include all of the listeners in Arkansas, Tennessee, and the Missouri Bootheel, which does include Craighead County. 

National Weather Service Meteorologist Taylor Trogdon says heavy winds are expected to create blizzard like condition which could impact travel:

Trogdon says travel will be an issue Friday morning and advises to take care of business today.

The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the KASU listening area.

Counties affected by the advisory include Randolph, Clay, Lawrence, Greene, Craighead, Mississippi, and Poinsett in Arkansas.  All of the counties in Missouri in the listening area are included in the advisory.  In Tennessee, the counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Obion, and Tipton are in the advisory.

Zach Maye, NWS Meterologist, said Northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel is expected to see winter weather through the overnight.

The number of counties experiencing power outages in the KASU listening area has dropped since this morning in the aftermath of winter weather overnight.

According to the Entergy website, the counties of Lawrence, Crittenden, Independence, Izard, Stone, and White,  are without power.

726 customers are affected by the outage, with Izard county being affected the most.

With two winter events in two weeks, one question being asked is whether this is an indicator of an active winter weather season approaching.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves asked Meteorologist Johnathan Howell that question in this report. 

The first winter storm of the season is coming.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke to Meteorologist Jim Branda with the National Weather Service in Memphis.  Branda tells about projected accumulation amounts for the region.