- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The latest on a major winter storm’s impact in Arkansas (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Oaklawn Park has canceled horse racing because rain and snow have left the track saturated.

The park’s racing director, David Longinotti, said that to protect riders and horses, the thoroughbred track needed to cancel the nine races set for Friday. Hot Springs received about an inch of rain Thursday and about an inch of snow overnight.

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing again Friday night. A statement from the track said crews thought it best to work on the dirt surface in a manner that will leave it ready for racing on Saturday.

Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. The $100,000 American Beauty Stakes is on the card.

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12:15 p.m.

Arkansas State Police have reported one traffic fatality on state highways during a snowstorm that dropped more than a half-foot of snow on central Arkansas.

An initial crash fatality report says 24-year-old Lacey Dobbs died Thursday when the car she was driving crossed into oncoming traffic and overturned in a ditch. The report says Dobbs was ejected from the vehicle, and no other cars were involved in the accident.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says it was sleeting about 9:30 p.m. when the wreck happened south of Hoxie, about 125 miles north of Little Rock. But he says state troopers are still trying to determine if the wreck was weather-related.

Highway and weather officials warned that much of the snow melting on Arkansas roads Friday will likely freeze in expected 20-degree temperatures Friday night and create hazardous driving conditions.

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8:40 a.m.

Arkansas highway officials say snow and ice cover roads in the eastern half of the state and that motorists should avoid travel until conditions improve.

Travel is treacherous in most locations east of a line from Camden to Hot Springs to Clinton to Hardy. More than a half-foot of snow fell overnight in parts of Arkansas between Little Rock and Searcy.

The Little Rock-area bus system canceled express routes and streetcar service and said buses would run only on snow routes Friday, and only after 9 a.m.

Arkansas’ winter weather is part of a major weather system expected to inundate the Mid-Atlantic with possible blizzard conditions later Friday.

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7:15 a.m.

A major winter storm dropped 6 inches of snow in the Little Rock area overnight, breaking a snowfall record set more than 20 years ago.

The National Weather Service says it’s recorded 6.2 inches of snow at its office in North Little Rock, just outside the capital city. The winter storm shut down schools and state government offices in central Arkansas on Friday as the snow continues to fall.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until noon Friday. The National Weather Service says strong winds with gusts of up to 40 mph will make driving difficult, especially in the eastern part of the state.

The state’s largest utility, Entergy Arkansas, says about 12,500 homes and businesses are without power Friday morning, primarily in the eastern half of the state.

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