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Freezing rain, ice possible in west Tennessee, east Arkansas

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A winter storm is expected to bring freezing rain and ice accumulation in parts of Tennessee and Arkansas this week, weather forecasters said.

The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a winter storm watch for eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The weather service also issued an ice storm warning for northeast Arkansas, northwest Tennessee and southeast Missouri through noon Thursday.

The watch area includes Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, and its suburbs. Jonesboro also is included in the ice storm warning, as is Dyerburg, Tennessee.

Freezing rain could lead to ice accumulation of up to one-half inch, forecasters said. Power outages and tree damage are likely, and travel will likely be difficult and hazardous, forecasters said.

Areas along and north of Interstate 40 have the best chance of seeing freezing rain, the weather service said.

Wind chills may drop into the single digits over the weekend in eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee and north Mississippi, forecasters said.

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