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Winter Storm Warning

Statement as of 4:40 AM CST on March 04, 2015

Expires 7:00 AM EST on March 05, 2015


... Winter Storm Warning now in effect from 6 PM this evening to
6 am CST Thursday...

The Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 6 PM this evening
to 6 am CST Thursday.

* Event... freezing rain... sleet... and some snow will spread across
southern Arkansas.

* Accumulations... snow and sleet accumulations will range from 1
to 2 inches. Freezing rain accumulations are also likely... with
a tenth to a quarter of an inch before precipitation
transitions to sleet and snow.

* Timing... this event will unfold tonight.

* Impacts... travel issues are expected on area roadways...
especially given well below freezing temperatures tonight.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...
sleet... and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also
possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.





Lake Wind Advisory

Statement as of 4:12 AM CST on March 04, 2015

Expires 7:00 AM EST on March 05, 2015


... Lake Wind Advisory remains in effect from noon today to 6 am
CST Thursday...

A lake Wind Advisory remains in effect from noon today to 6 am
CST Thursday.

* Event... north to northeast winds will increase... and will
become gusty. Wind speeds will average 15 to 30 mph... with
some higher gusts possible.

* Timing... gusty winds are expected this afternoon and tonight.

* Areas affected... this advisory affects places southeast of
Hardy... Conway and Murfreesboro.

* Impacts... blowing and drifting of snow will be noted as winds
pick up... especially in northeast Arkansas where the heaviest
snow is expected. Power outages could also occur in the
northeast... and also in the southeast where icing could become
significant.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A lake Wind Advisory indicates that winds will cause rough chop
on area lakes. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.




Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:00 AM CST on March 04, 2015


... Todays topic for severe weather awareness week is
tornadoes...

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed the week of
March 1st through 7th as severe weather awareness week
in Arkansas.

A different topic will be discussed each day... and todays topic
is tornadoes.

In 2014... Arkansas recorded only 20 tornadoes. In an average
year... 33 tornadoes are expected in the state.

By far... the biggest event featuring a tornado unfolded
on April 27th. A monster tornado /rated EF4/ tracked
41 miles though Pulaski... Faulkner and white counties... and
killed 16 people. It was the deadliest tornado in Arkansas
since the Jonesboro twister of may 15th of 1968 /35 fatalities/.
It was also the deadliest tornado in the country last year.

Monster tornadoes like this are rare. Since 2000 across
the region... only 2 other tornadoes rated as high as the one
on April 27th. In the same time frame... 624 tornadoes were
spawned locally... and 82 percent of them /513 tornadoes/
were weak /rated EF0 or EF1/. These weak twisters accounted
for only 3 fatalities.

The peak seasons for tornadoes in Arkansas are Spring and
fall. This is when warm and cold air masses collide most
often. In 2014... of the 20 tornadoes counted... there were
10 in October and 6 in April.

... Outdoor tornado sirens...

Many towns and counties in Arkansas have acquired outdoor warning
sirens to alert the public when tornadoes threaten. When these
sirens are kept in proper working order... they do their job as
expected and help warn the public.

While tornado warnings often cause the sirens to blow... the
National Weather Service does not have any control over the
sirens.

In Little Rock... North Little Rock... and Pulaski County... the
National Weather Service has an advisory role as to when the
sirens should be sounded... but this does not prevent these
jurisdictions from blowing their sirens if they deem it
necessary. Elsewhere in Arkansas... the decision to blow the
sirens is made by designated city or County officials.

... What you can do to protect yourself - tornado safety rules...

One of the newer safety rules is to avoid taking shelter under a
Highway overpass. Rotating winds surrounding a tornado can hit you
with a lot of debris... and blow you out from beneath the
bridge.

Be sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning.
The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Watch when
tornadoes are possible. A Tornado Warning is issued when a
tornado has been indicated on Doppler weather radar or has
been sighted.

Counties and cities are mentioned in tornado warnings. If you
are new to the area... keep a map handy for reference.

Make sure that you have a reliable way to receive weather
information. Battery-powered NOAA weather radios are an
excellent way to keep up with the weather... even if your power
has gone out.

If you are going to be at a large gathering... such as at a
school... stadium or place of worship... make sure that someone
is keeping an eye on the weather.

A tornado shelter... tornado cellar... or a safe room is the safest
place to be... but these are not found in most homes. The next
safest place is usually a basement... but these are not common in
Arkansas. If you do not have any of these... go to an interior
room on the lowest floor of a house or building. Put as many
walls between you and the outdoors as possible.

Many businesses... such as large stores... shopping malls...
hospitals... nursing homes... and schools have pre-arranged safety
plans and designated safe areas. If you are in one of these
places... follow the instructions given inside these buildings.

If you are in a vehicle... your best option is to move to a sturdy
building.

Mobile homes... even if tied down... offer little protection during
a tornado... and should be abandoned.

Keep in mind that the elderly... the very Young... and people with
physical or mental challenges will often Need More time to get to
safety. Make special provisions if you are a care-giver for these
people.

&&

Notes for the news media...
there will not be a formal tornado drill this year conducted
by the National Weather Service in Little Rock. Even so...
people are encouraged to practice going to a place of safety
when the NOAA Weather Radio alarm is sounded during the routine
weekly test. This test is usually on Wednesday between 11 am
and noon. However... due to threatening weather... the test
may be postponed until Thursday at the same time.

For a list of all the tornadoes and other significant weather
events that occurred in 2014...

Http://www.Srh.NOAA.Gov/images/lzk/pdf/stormsof2014.Pdf


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Alabama - Winter Storm Watch , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement
Alaska - Winter Weather Advisory , Blizzard Warning , Record Report
Arizona - Record Report
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Wind Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
California - Frost Advisory , Freeze Warning , Record Report
Colorado - Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Avalanche Warning , Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Delaware - Winter Storm Warning
District of Columbia - Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Florida - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
Georgia - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement
Hawaii - Flash Flood Watch
Illinois - Areal Flood Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory
Indiana - Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement
Kansas - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
Kentucky - Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory , Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory , Public Information Statement
Maine - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
Maryland - Areal Flood Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Storm Watch , Public Information Statement
Massachusetts - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Minnesota - Wind Chill Advisory
Mississippi - Flood Warning , Wind Advisory , Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Public Information Statement
Missouri - Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory , Flash Flood Watch , Wind Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory
Montana - Wind Chill Advisory
Nebraska - Wind Chill Advisory , Public Information Statement
Nevada - Record Report
New Hampshire - Public Information Statement
New Jersey - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Special Statement , Record Report
New Mexico - Winter Weather Advisory
New York - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
North Carolina - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
North Dakota - Wind Chill Advisory
Ohio - Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory , Areal Flood Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Oklahoma - Lake Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Pennsylvania - Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory , Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch, Flood Advisory , Areal Flood Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Rhode Island - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
South Carolina - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory
South Dakota - Wind Chill Advisory
Tennessee - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Storm Watch , Hydrologic Statement
Texas - Flood Warning , High Wind Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Utah - Avalanche Warning
Vermont - Public Information Statement
Virginia - Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Watch , Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
West Virginia - Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Wyoming - Wind Chill Advisory , Record Report
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