As of this writing, the power remains on but most everything else is shut down after snow and ice moved through central Arkansas Wednesday night and into today.
Gov. Asa. Hutchinson declared a state of emergency on Thursday morning because of the storm.
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The National Weather Service office in North Little Rock has forecast two to three inches of snow from this storm, along sleet and ice.
There’s already a heavy glaze of ice on parked cars and along fence railings.
More snow is expected later today and temperatures aren’t expected to get above freezing, meaning the slick stuff that’s out there won’t be going away until at least Friday afternoon as the sun isn’t expected back until noon.
But, don’t worry Maumelle, there’s a plan for that.
“We have our snow crew on standby,” Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris said. “So the ‘snow crew’ is people from city departments. So there’s public works. Sanitation. The street department” We actually start housing them at our public works building. We’ve got a bunk room there, so when the weather starts, they’ll be able to get out there.”
Norris said the city had been checking to make sure equipment like the plows were in good working order and that “sand is stockpiled.”
“We’ve been doing that for the last few days, so people are very aware of what needs to be done.”