Winter weather advisory turns to ice storm warning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters upgraded a winter weather advisory to an ice storm warning after sleet and freezing rain swept into much of central and northern Arkansas.

The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service at North Little Rock said ice could accumulate up to a half-inch thick in an area from Mount Ida through Russellville and Little Rock up to Mountain View, Batesville and Hardy.

Temperatures are expected to rise Tuesday afternoon and change the winter precipitation to rain.

Traffic conditions were already horrible by the time forecasters issued the warning and driving could become even more treacherous, if not impossible. Forecasters say the ice accumulations and winds could combine to bring down tree limbs and power lines, adding to the danger.