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Arkansas highway agency to get weather forecaster

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is getting its own weather forecaster.

The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved a request to proceed with a contract for a custom forecasting service.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports
officials believe they need more timely and specialized weather information than what television weather forecasters and even the National Weather Service can provide.

The move to a custom forecasting service is part of the lessons the department learned from harsh winter weather.

The agency began the process even before the second of two major storms paralyzed much of east and northeast Arkansas for several days after rapidly deteriorating weather conditions immobilized traffic on parts of Interstates 40 and 55.

Problems were compounded by several days of subfreezing temperatures that followed the March 2 ice storm.

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