by Max Brantley
Yes, that would appear to be snow. Federal building has closed on account of weather, KTHV says. Little Rock schools to dismiss early today — 11:30 elementary, 12:45 for higher grades. And likely more to come. Current LR forecast from Weather Service:
Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 2pm, then a chance of snow and sleet between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
North Little Rock and Pulaski County schools are in for the full day.
At the noon hour, David Goins of Fox 16 is driving around area interstates and broadcasting live on ustream. It's curiously fascinating, sort of like the cameras they mount on Swiss railroad engines.
The snow, though not a driving hazard in some places in Pulaski County, altered traffic patterns as people headed home early. That produced the likes of the traffic jam shown above on Interstate 430, taken by Jacob McGuire and distributed by KATV on its Twitter account. Western areas were worse than downtown. Brian Chilson provided the shot below of slipping and sliding on Taylor Loop Road.