Old Man Winter simply doesn't want to turn loose of his icy grip this particular February.
With three rounds of winter storms in less than two weeks already under its belt, Helena-West Helena braced for a fourth bout Wednesday as approximately four inches of snow pelted the area, closing

Old Man Winter simply doesn’t want to turn loose of his icy grip this particular February.

With three rounds of winter storms in less than two weeks already under its belt, Helena-West Helena braced for a fourth bout Wednesday as approximately four inches of snow pelted the area, closing schools and some businesses. The white stuff made driving difficult and hazardous.

Thursday marked the fifth day that most local schools had been closed due to inclement weather. The three previous winter storms brought only freezing rain, sleet and a slight dusting of snow. Thankfully, to date the winter blast has created no major power losses and accidents have been relegated to some minor finder benders.

Most locals played it safe and stayed within the safe confines of their home, watching TV and drinking hot chocolate.

Mother Nature painted the trees and hills with a wealth of white making some people’s dream of a white Christmas come true two months late. While the beauty of the blanket of snow had some singing, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” it was only the youngsters who found “Let It Snow, Let It Snow” proceeding from their lips.

Statewide, schools, businesses and several state offices shut down as a half-foot of snow fell in portions of southern Arkansas. The northern half of the state, which typically sees winter weather more frequently, enjoyed sunshine and temperatures in the 40s most of the day.

Temperatures in Phillips County remained below freezing Thursday morning. More snow was predicted for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.