North Arkansas Electric is now on full alert for winter weather which will dump ice, sleet, OR snow on our service territory. Plans are under way now to make sure all resources and materials are on hand if and when we experience any power outages. We are preparing for the worst case scenario, of course hoping for the best.
Based on all the information I have from several different weather sources.....it appears that a severe ice storm (with resulting lengthy power outages) is possible somewhere in the northern half of Arkansas. All of the forecast models are predicting heavy ice and/or sleet. Problem is they don't agree on where the heavy ice will be. It's pretty certain driving conditions will be adversely affected, and power outages are a certainty where the ice is heavy. The latest models have the heavy ice south of our service territory. But this can change quickly. A very small change in the cold/warm air aloft can make the difference between rain/sleet/ice. So that's why we are preparing for the worst possible results from the impending winter weather.
Our suggestions are that everyone in the north half of Arkansas be prepared for the worst as well. As I say many times, don't panic...just be prepared.
As time progresses and the forecast models start to agree, we will issue more updates. I urge all to "like" the NAEC Facebook page, and follow both NAEC and myself on Twitter: @melfly1 and @NorthARElectric
CEO, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative
Health Insurance Enrollment Fair
Thursday, December 5th
Join us for the Health Insurance Enrollment Fair on Thursday, December 5 from Noon until 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at Baxter Regional Medical Center, located at 624 Hospital Drive in Mountain Home.
Attend the Enrollment Fair to meet with licensed Guides to learn about health coverage options, get information about premium assistance and enroll in health insurance.
The event is free and open to the public. No appointment is needed. For more information, call 1-855-283-3483.
Baxter Regional Medical Center and the Arkansas Health Connector host this event.
BRMC TO OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT FAIR THURSDAY