From Entergy, Arkansas:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With heavy, wet snow forecasted for Thursday in the northern quarter of the state, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. is deploying teams to restore power in the event of storm-related outages.
Weather forecasters predict a fast-moving storm could begin in the morning dumping 3-5 inches of snow across a large area of northern Arkansas, with the potential for 8-10 inches in some isolated areas. Wet snow can be problematic for the electrical system, weighing down branches and trees until they come in contact with power lines. Forecasters predict an eighth-inch of ice from freezing rain in some areas. By Thursday afternoon, snow is expected to change to rain as the storm moves out of the area.
Entergy Arkansas has directed half of all lineman not in the snow zone to come to work Thursday with their bags packed and prepared to travel north, should the need arise. Approximately 100 Entergy Arkansas employees are wrapping up mutual assistance work for Alabama Power following Monday's thunderstorms and are expected back in the area on Thursday where they will go straight to staging areas in north Arkansas. Additionally, Entergy Arkansas linemen's vacations have been cancelled.
Meanwhile, the company is monitoring weather forecasts for the weekend which indicate the southern half of the state is at risk of severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and early Sunday. The forecast calls for a strong chance of large hail, wind gusts of up to 60 mph and possible tornadoes.
Customers wanting storm tips can visit entergystormcenter.com and view storm updates and information about outages. View Outages lets viewers click on a map to check power status in an area. Often, the cause of the outage and an estimated restoration time is also available.
Entergy Arkansas also reminds customers to report outages or downed power lines by calling 1-800-9OUTAGE.
Entergy Arkansas, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Corporation's utilities own and operate power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. The Entergy utilities deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy Corporation has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.