Snow's stopped, still cold

Thursday update

Going to get warmer but maybe more snow coming

The forecast from the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock has expectations for warmer weather and getting above freezing, but there’s still a chance for more snow and or sleet on Sunday morning.

That will all be a distant memory by Tuesday as the forecast is calling for highs near 60 degrees.

  • Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30 with a low around 9.

  • Friday: Sunny, with a high near 33 with a low around 13.

  • Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40 with a low around 26.

  • Sunday: A chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 8 a.m., then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., then a chance of rain showers after 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

  • Monday: Sunny, with a high near 50 with a low around 32.

  • Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 58 with a low around 36.

  • Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

This week’s wintry weather has caused unprecedented stress on local power companies and both North Little Rock Electric and Entergy are asking customers to conserve as much as they can.

In Entergy’s case, they took the step of rolling brownouts to customers in Maumelle, among other places.

That move came as a surprise to some as little was said before the lights started going off around town.

“Unfortunately, the need to implement outages is followed very quickly by the execution of the outages,” Entergy Arkansas wrote on its Twitter account. “We simply didn't have time to give advance notice.”

A strange choice given Entergy’s ability to call and text customers in advance of thunderstorms, it seems like they could have done something similar if forced outages were possible.

The lights stayed on for North Little Rock Electric customers.

“As of now, our transmission/generation supplier is reporting a steady electric demand and not requiring any scheduled outages,” city spokeswoman Shara Booth Brazear said in a press release on Wednesday afternoon. “Please know this could change at any moment since statewide power demand will dictate if outages are required.”

So outages are possible and, like Entergy, notice won’t be coming.

“If NLR Electric is required to curtail power, our notice will be short,” Brazear said. “So we apologize we may not be able to provide any notice to our customers. It is our intent to limit outages in any one area of the City to an estimated two hours. Residents should plan ahead to endure such outages.”

Both power companies are encouraging conversation by following these steps:

  • Lower thermostats a couple of degrees

  • Keep the drapes or blinds closed

  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

As for the forecast, it is great, if you like snow and cold weather.

The National Weather Service office in North Little Rock is forecasting as much as eight inches between this afternoon and evening as “the snow could be heavy at times.”

Highs near 24 are expected with the low dropping to around 20. Wind chill will be around 11.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31 with a low around 11.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 32 with a low around 15.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39 and a low around 31. South wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of rain after noon with a high near 46 with a low around 30.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 50 and  a low around 33.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

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