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The coldest temperatures of the year in Arkansas are expected to arrive later this week.

Meteorologist Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service said the temperatures, which have already been unseasonably low, are expected to drop even lower. Rain is expected for much of the state, but no significant snowfall is anticipated.

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Some residents in Pemiscot County, Missouri may have felt an earthquake Friday morning.

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The City of Jonesboro is spending over one-and-a-half-million dollars on trying to fix drainage issues in Jonesboro.  This after record flooding in May where six inches of rain fell in a three hour time frame.   Jonesboro is dedicating full time resources to five major projects that include clearing out and stabilizing over 60 miles of ditch maintenance in the city.  However,  that work might not be enough.

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Jonesboro’s mayor says clearing out the city’s ditches will be a full time job.  The Jonesboro City Council has approved the purchase of a Caterpillar excavator and hiring two employees to the city’s street department.  Harold Perrin tells KASU news the new equipment and manpower will be clearing out and maintaining the more than 60 miles of ditches in the city that are blamed for historic flooding that occurred in May.  He says it was deemed to be more cost effective to do it this way than to bring in an outside contractor to do the work “one-time”.

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    Arkansas State University has conducted a full assessment of damage that was sustained after record flooding hit Jonesboro and much of Craighead County May 24th.  Between four to six inches of rain fell in a few hours, causing extensive damage to parts of the campus.  Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Arkansas State is Dr. Bill Smith.  Smith says the turf field at Centennial Bank Stadium will have to be replaced.

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  Even though Craighead County has officially been declared a disaster area, a call center may not be set up in the area until sometime next week. 

Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Director David Moore told the Jonesboro Sun Monday the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management told him to expect a delay in establishing the call center. 

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  Craighead County has been declared a disaster area by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

The official announcement came from a press release of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management over the weekend.  Public Assistance Programs and Individual Assistance Programs have been authorized to assist eligible applicants affected by the May 24th Flood. 

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The city of Jonesboro is asking residents who have sustained damage from this week’s flooding event to contact them immediately.  City officials Thursday estimated 75 properties that sustained flood damage and are expecting the number to increase.  Reports of damage will be used to help the city receive state and federal assistance to help those affected.  

Please read the press release below for  more details on how to contact the city for assistance:

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    Jonesboro city officials continue to assess the response after record rainfall pounded Jonesboro Tuesday night.  Over six inches of rain fell in a few hours, leading to hundreds of calls to 911, dozens of vehicles being stranded, 56 people being evacuated out of homes and led to shelter, 18 streets flooded out, and a 13-year-old boy being saved from rushing water.  In a press conference, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he has been talking with other officials about the response to Tuesday’s

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After a line of weekend storms moving through the area, 3 rivers in the KASU listening area have been placed under a flood warning until Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports forecasters said residents of Independence, Jackson, and Lawrence counties could be affected by the flooding of the Black River at Black Rock.  Sunday morning, the river was reported to be a little over 15 feet at minor flood stage; just about 1 foot above its 14 feet flood stage.

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Wednesday Night storms caused major flooding around Jonesboro.  E-911 reported 32 calls within an hour for vehicles that were stalled out or flooded.   

Flash flooding on the east side of the city also prompted emergency officials to open the Allen Park Community Center on Race Street for shelter.

Storms also caused major to minor flooding for various rivers in the area.  The National Weather Service in Memphis reported major flooding at Nonconnah Creek at Riverport Road in Shelby County.  The river was observed at about 63 feet; about 17 feet above flood stage.

FEMA: 2 NEA Counties have 2 Weeks to Apply for Aid

Mar 22, 2016
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Two Northeast Arkansas counties have about 2 weeks to receive federal relief from severe storms that hit the state in December and January.

The Associated Press reports the Federal Emergency Management Agency says residents in Jackson and Lee Counties have until April 5th to register for federal disaster aid.

11 counties who were affected by severe storms are eligible for assistance.  Funds can be used for rental assistance, repairs, and other damages caused by disasters not covered by insurance.

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  The deadline for Missourians affected by winter flooding early in the year is today. 

KOLR-TV reports that 33 counties have been approved for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Scott County in the KASU listening area is the only county to have been granted assistance. 

How Long Will the Rain Last?

Mar 10, 2016

  How long will this rain last? 

KASU news asked that question to Memphis National Weather Service Forecaster Corey Chastelson.  He said this rain could continue into the weekend.

“We’re not expecting much change across the mid-south as we’ll see ample low level moisture from the Gulf of Mexico; along with several upper level disturbances move along this stalled out boundary,” Chastelson said. 

“This will result in additional showers and thunderstorms across the region into the upcoming weekend with heavy rainfall definitely possible.”

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Northeast Arkansas is expected to get enough rain through the week which may lead to river flooding. 

Forecaster Phil Baker with the National Weather Service in Memphis says the forecast is calling for up to 4 inches of rain likely to hit around the mid part of the week.

Anytime we see this type of system where you're talking 4 inches of rain fall in a matter of 36 to 48 hours, that typically does lead to river rises," Baker says.  

  Forecasters are predicting storms with damaging winds tonight going into tomorrow. 

  The National Weather Service has placed 14 counties in the KASU listening area under a Wind Advisory going in effect tonight ahead of the storm system. 

Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Memphis Taylor Trogeon tells KASU news while there is some snow in the forecast, the main threat is wind:

  Trogeon says the winds could knock down tree limbs and blow away lawn furniture. 

State Officials Discourages Outdoor Burning

Feb 19, 2016

  State officials are reminding you to avoid any outdoor burning today.

A lack of rain combined with gusty winds will set the state for dangerous burning conditions today.  This is being a reminder after firefighters from 5 area departments battled a 100-acre fire in the Valley View area yesterday.

No damage or injures reported in the blaze.

Red Flag Fire Warning Issed for Several NEA Counties

Feb 18, 2016

  The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag fire warnings for parts of  Eastern Arkansas in the KASU listening area.

The warning is in effect from late Thursday morning until  7pm tonight.  Counties included in the warning are Baxter, Stone, Fulton, Sharp, Izard, Independence, & Cleburne.

The Associated Press reports the weather services says grass, vegetation, and wood in these areas will be very dry due to a very low humidity.  Mixed with strong winds of up to 45 mph, fires outdoors have the potential to spread quickly.

  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.