Early morning sleet turned to heavy snow by 9:00 a.m. in most areas of Northwest Arkansas. Fifteen minutes later, the 40/29 weather team began predicting snowfall rates of over two inches per hour.
Public schools are closed, the University of Arkansas is closed, city services are closed, and Governor Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency.
“We are known for wild weather swings in Arkansas, but to have snow, ice and severe thunderstorms in the same day is rare,” Governor Beebe said. “We are monitoring this storm throughout the morning to gauge where its impact will be heaviest.”
We’ve set up a microsite that tracks tweets and photos related to today’s snow storm over at fayettevilleflyer.com/nwasnow11.
Any tweets tagged with #nwasnow11 and Flickr photos tagged with nwasnow11 will be displayed on the site. You don’t need to have a Twitter or Flickr account to watch as the updates roll in.
There are plenty of lists of area closings, but there’s never much information to be found about what places are open during a snow storm.
We’ve fired up the Flyer Wire with live updates about businesses that are open today. If you’re one of the brave few that are looking for something to do or a place to eat, check out the Flyer Wire at fayettevilleflyer.com/wire, and feel free to add your own information.