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Heavy snow forecast for Arkansas on Christmas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -

Forecasters say people in Arkansas can expect to see a white Christmas this holiday and some mountainous areas could see up to 10 inches of snow.

National Weather Service meteorologist Julie Lesko in Little Rock says white Christmases are rare in the city. Little Rock has had snow on the ground from other storms on Christmas Day, but the National Weather Service says it's been decades since the city saw snow fall and accumulate on the holiday.

Lesko urges holiday travelers to get to where they need to go early in the day on Christmas before the snow really starts to come down.

A winter storm warning for Christmas Day stretches from far western Oklahoma to northeastern Arkansas.

Workers at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock are also checking the airport's snow blowers and plows in anticipation of a Christmas Day snowstorm.

Airport Executive Director Ron Mathieu says extra workers will be on call Tuesday as a snowstorm takes aim at Arkansas and the Little Rock area.

Mathieu says the airport has the chemicals necessary to clear the runways.

No major delays were reported Monday at the airport. The wintry weather is expected to move into the state Tuesday and could drop up to 10 inches of snow in some mountainous areas.

Utility companies are also watching and waiting.

Kathleen O'Shea with Oklahoma Gas and Electric - which has about 798,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas - says the utility is tracking the storm system to see where repair crews might be needed. Stan Whiteford with Public Service Company of Oklahoma - which has about 527,000 Oklahoma customers - says repair crews have been notified that they could be called.

Both say snow is not as big a threat as freezing rain or high winds to down power lines.


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The Associated Press in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.

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