Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Weather not stopping weekend plans
Snow covers a statue outside the University of Arkansas student union on March 21, 2013.
FAYETTEVILLE A winter storm that began Thursday in Northwest Arkansas isn't expected to postpone any of the multiple Saturday events scheduled for the Razorbacks.
The university is scheduled to officially break ground on its new basketball practice facility Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by a pair of basketball games at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas' men are scheduled to face Clemson at 1 p.m. and the women have a game against Northwestern State scheduled for 7 p.m.
"Certainly we are monitoring the weather forecasts and have been in contact with both Clemson and Northwestern State regarding their travel to Fayetteville for basketball games on Saturday," UA spokesperson Kevin Trainor wrote in an email Wednesday morning. "We will continue to communicate with them throughout the week. All events (including groundbreaking ceremony) remain as originally scheduled at this time."
Much of Northwest Arkansas is under a Winter Storm Warning through Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. Several inches of precipitation, including sleet and snow, have fallen in Fayetteville since Thursday morning.
High temperatures in Fayetteville on Saturday are forecast in the mid-20s and temperatures aren't forecast above freezing until the middle of next week. The weather service warning states travel will become "very difficult or impossible" in the warned areas and power outages are likely in some areas.