LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest electric utility says a winter storm expected to hit the state this week could cause widespread and extended power outages.
Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it's bringing in thousands of workers to help deal with the weather.
The utility says it's preparing for a significant ice storm with up to five-eighths of an inch of ice accumulation, wet snow and possible wind gusts of up to 25 mph.
The National Weather Service has said rain will switch over to freezing rain in northwestern Arkansas around daybreak Thursday, then switch over to sleet, snow or a mix of sleet and snow.
The wintry precipitation will eventually find its way to the southeast and affect much of the state.