March 5th, 2015
Because of winter weather which dropped snow and ice over the entire state, the Arkansas Activities Association has postponed Thursdayâ€™s state tournament play in all classes 7A, 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A., delaying the start or continuation of tournament play for the second straight day.
The postponement will which push the semifinal round in each classification to next week, and will keep the State Finals which are scheduled for March 12-14 at Hot Springsâ€™ Bank of the Ozarks Arena on schedule.
The starting times will remain the same for all state tournament games.
Residents of Saline County who are just waking up might be surprised at the amount of sleet and snow accumulation outside. Just before 6 a.m., official accumulation totals were unavailable from the National Weather Service.
Entergy is reporting multiple power outages in areas just south of Bryant and in the areas of Traskwood, Haskell and Glen Rose, with estimated repair times as late as 10 p.m.
Multiple county agencies are reporting difficulty navigating area roadways, even with four-wheel drive, and noted several stranded ambulances from overnight calls.
UPDATE 11:16 p.m.: According to unofficial sources, the driver and vehicle were retrieved from the water without incident or injury.
First responders in Saline County were dispatched to Dotted Lake in Haskell just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night following a report of a vehicle in the water.
Roads were slick following hours of steady sleet.
Details of the incident are currently unknown, according to county officials, and more information will be posted as it becomes available.
The following is a list of weather-related closings, cancellations and delays in Saline County for Thursday, March 5:
â€¢ Arkansas National Guard: Inclement weather policy.
â€¢ Ascent Children's Health Services: CLOSED
â€¢ Bauxite School District: CLOSED
â€¢ Benton City Offices: CLOSED
â€¢ Benton District Court Cases: Thursday cases continued until Thursday, March 12.