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Winter weather entered Logan County Sunday and remained through Monday bringing some light rain, sleet and very cold temperatures but causing little discomfort for drivers and no reported damage.

“A wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow (will come) into the overnight (Sunday) and last into much of the day (Monday),” Joe Sellers, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Tulsa, said Sunday. “There will be some minor accumulations that could result in some tricky driving conditions.”

The wintry conditions resulted from a combination of weather systems that include an arctic front from the west and warm air moving out of Texas.

“The warm air is overriding the dome of cold air at the surface and that’s resulting in the wintry precipitation,” Sellers said.

The temperature in Paris and surrounding areas reached 35 degrees Monday. Lows were in the 20s.

“After (today), things will improve dramatically,” Sellers said Monday.

The front moved out of the area late Monday and into Tuesday. After that, the forecast calls for a return to warmer weather and no predicted precipitation until Sunday, Dec. 1.

The high Wednesday is expected to be 39 and the low is expected to be 23 under sunny conditions. The high Thursday is expected to be 49 and the lows is expected to be 26 under partly cloudy conditions. The highs Friday and Saturday are expected to be in the middle 50s with lows in the low to middle 40s under sunny to partly sunny skies. The high for Sunday is expected to be 57 and the low is expected to be 46 under cloudy conditions with a 40 percent chance of rain.

Sellers said wintry conditions are common for this time of year.

Officials with the Paris Police Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department said there were no accidents reported in the county Sunday or Monday. Becky Bariola, superintendent of Mount Magazine State Park, said Monday there had been no accidents on the mountain and roads were “slushy.”

However, other parts of the area reported some problems Sunday and Monday.

“We’ve had quite a few, mostly down around Sebastian and Scott counties,” an official with Arkansas State Police said Sunday evening.

(The Times Record of Fort Smith contributed information used in this report.)

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