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Flash flooding in parts of Ark., winter weather NW

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas had spring-like storms, temperatures worthy of early fall and winter weather conditions that triggered a range of warnings, all in one day.

Heavy rain fell across much of the state Saturday, prompting Oaklawn in Hot Springs to cancel two days of horseracing and forcing police in Russellville to block off flooded streets.

The National Weather Service had warned of the flood potential since Friday and added a tornado watch to the mix on Saturday evening. Tornado warnings were issued for southwest Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas was under a winter weather advisory because of the prospect of freezing rain that was forecast to fall while temperatures elsewhere in the state were in the 70s.

A cold front entered the state's northwest as Gulf moisture brought several inches of rain in places.