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CNN Today

Snow Blankets Arkansas; Icy Conditions Snarl Car and Plane Travel

Aired January 28, 2000 - 2:02 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: In Little Rock, Arkansas, it is the heaviest snowstorm in more than a dozen years there. Some parts of the state have more than a foot of snow, with more on the way.

CNN's Carl Rochelle is there.

CARL ROCHELLE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Andria, this is what you might expect in Atlanta, in the Georgia area a few days from now, perhaps even some of it before the day is over.

Yesterday, the street you're looking down was absolutely bare at this time of day. Not a flake of snow hat fallen. By 5 or 6 o'clock last night, cars were bumper to bumper out here and the snow was 5 or 6 inches deep in the street. It got officially 7 inches, but that was this morning and it's continuing to snow: expecting another inch or two during the day.

Now, people in this area aren't really accustomed to snow. It's been 12 years, according the Weather Service, since they had a major snowfall like this in the area. And some years they go through not getting any snow at all: 50 degrees is about the normal temperature for this time of the year in Arkansas' capital city. But the people were out trying to make do the best they could, scraping windows and trying to drive around.

Traffic was a mess yesterday, cars bumper to bumper and people finding out, if they had forgotten, what it's like to drive in snow: slipping and sliding all around the area.

The airport was closed yesterday during the day yesterday. One person who stayed here at the hotel where I am staying said it took him two hours to make the 10-minute drive to the airport, and once he got there he found out it was closed.

And they plowed the runways, and there are some flights coming out today and some people trying to get out of here heading that way.

But a lot of snow. A lot more coming. And we don't know exactly how deep it will go: 7 inches is the official total here in Little Rock, but as much 12 inches in some parts of the state and continuing to come down.

I'm Carl Rochelle, CNN, reporting live from Little Rock. NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Carl. Get your hat on there.

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