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Snow closes offices, keeps residents home

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Snow fell over the county on Christmas evening, blanketing the outdoors with several inches of white stuff that still hasn’t totally melted.

County and city offices were closed the day after Christmas as road crews worked to clear the highways and roads. By Thursday midmorning Highway 65 was mostly clear and traffic was moving steadily.

The concern overnight for a couple of days was that the low temperatures would allow the wet highways and bridges to re-freeze. Temperatures have ranged from the teens to the 40s the past few days.

Clinton Police Investigator Jim Thomas said the department was busy, but didn’t have any major problems.

Most of the traffic problems came within the first hour before drivers decided the journey wasn’t worth the risk. Mostly, Thomas said, “People stayed home.”

Gov. Mike Beebe ordered state offices closed with only “essential personnel” reporting to work on Wednesday and Thursday and delayed openings on Friday.

At Camp Robinson in Little Rock, National Guard officials closed the public hunting area for several days due to the snowfall.

The forecast for the first days of 2013 calls for mostly sunny conditions through Sunday with highs in the mid-40s to low-50s. There is a chance for rain early next week.

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