Winter weather rocks Arkansas 200K without power - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Winter weather rocks Arkansas 200K without power

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Entergy Arkansas spokeswoman Julie Munsell said some customers who lost power during the Christmas Day blizzard could be without service until 2013. Based on the 2000 ice storms, it is possible that some residents won't have their electricity turned back on for seven days.

Entergy Arkansas saw 191,000 customers without service at the peak Wednesday morning, and combined with other utilities the number of homes and businesses without service exceeded 200,000.

Freezing rain, sleet and snow combined to bring down power lines - either snapping lines or the poles themselves. In other places, trees fell into wires, pulling them down.

Repair crews are dealing with wind and slippery roads.

Tuesday's storm hit parts of Arkansas with a foot of snow and high winds.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock recorded 10.3 inches of snow in the capital city at both Adams Field and Clinton National Airport.

Tuesday marked the most snow on Christmas on record in Arkansas, and was the second snowiest day in December.

Wednesday morning, the Arkansas National Guard was called out to provide winter weather support. Gov. Mike Beebe said Humvees were used to transport EMTs, nurses and patients as conditions made travel extremely difficult.

State police are aiding motorists stuck on various highways behind jackknifed 18-wheelers.

The governor also said he has authorized the use of out-of-state linemen to deal with the thousands of power outages that have hit the state since Christmas morning.

Entergy Arkansas has called in additional crews to assist with the outages statewide. More than a quarter of Entergy's customers in Arkansas are without power as a result of the storms.

MORE: Arkansas Power Outage Map

As a result of the storms, businesses and government agencies across the state are either closed or have implemented their winter weather policy.  For a complete list of closures, click here for a list from the Fox affiliate in Little Rock.

The storm system that dumped snow all across the state has mostly moved on, with the exception of Mississippi County in Northeast Arkansas.

Most of Tennessee avoided a heavy impact from the winter snow storm that has blanketed much of the country's midsection, but some parts of the state could still be faced with icy roads and heavy winds as the storm moves north.

Parts of West Tennessee got between an inch and three inches of snow and crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation were out early Wednesday morning to salt and plow bridges and overpasses, said Nichole Lawrence, a TDOT spokeswoman in Jackson. Lawrence said ice accumulation on the roads could start again on Wednesday evening.

In East Tennessee, the passing winter storm is expected to create potentially damaging high winds between 30 and 40 mph in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on Wednesday.


The Associated Press in Little Rock and Nashville contributed to this report.

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