Winter storm leaves thousands in the dark, more outages expected

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -{}You don't have to be behind the wheel to see the effects of{}Sunday's winter storm. Thousands were in the dark Sunday evening with that number quickly rising.

"We've got about 2,600 workers on the ground ready to go just as soon as the trouble begins," said David Lewis, spokesperson with Entergy Arkansas.

And the likelihood of that trouble hitting homes in Arkansas is high.

"With the forecast being as firm as they've been, we have every reason to believe this will be a significant and serious winter storm," he said.

Freezing rain poured down for hours Sunday afternoon and sleet came soon after.{}Saturday Entergy's vice president{}of customer service, Brady Aldy, said they've been preparing for days.

"While I certainly hope that it's going to fizzle out and really not impact us, we've got to prepare certainly for the worst case and so that's what we're doing," said Aldy.

That preparation has turned into swift action with hundreds of crews being called in from surrounding states, with the last of them arriving Monday.

"We've had the opportunity to call some of our sister utility companies in Mississippi and Louisiana and ask them to send some crews up to help us which they've done. We've called in our contractors," said Lewis.

Still, how bad things will get, is anyone's guess.

"We expect outages to be significant. What exactly that means, We can't really say. We are just going to have to wait and see," he said.

The amount of outages is expected to peak around noon Monday. Entergy says be prepared to be in the dark for up to three days.