January 13, 2010 Edition

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Cold blast hits county



Mitchell Evans, of Mitchell's Landscaping in Smithville, stays bundled up as he plows snow in the iBERIABANK parking lot in Walnut Ridge on Thursday.
TD Photos ~ Shantelle Prater

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

Lawrence County has felt the effects of an arctic high-pressure front, which kept temperatures well below normal for more than a week. Ten days of below freezing weather has set no records but temperatures in the single digits were close to record lows set in 1997 and 1999.

After schools were closed in the western part of the county on Jan. 4 and 5 due to icy road conditions, a second round of ice and snow developed on Wednesday evening resulting in countywide school closings on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures did not exceed 30 degrees from Jan. 2 until Monday when the temperature rose to 44 degrees by the afternoon.

The cold front began to move out on Tuesday allowing more normal temperatures to return to the area. The highs for the remainder of the week should be in the 40s according to the National Weather Service out of Little Rock.

Another round of winter precipitation could develop by the first of the week if an anticipated cold front arrives behind an influx of moisture from the southwest. The NWS has said they do not expect temperatures to be as cold as they were last week and no major winter storm development is predicted as of now.

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