Over 1,500 still without power around Fayetteville

A crew works to remove downed tree branches on Washington Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

Over 1,500 homes and businesses were still without power in the greater Fayetteville area Thursday afternoon after a winter storm hit the region earlier in the week.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. was reporting 1,584 outages in Washington County, and Ozarks Electric Cooperative listed 10 customers without power in Fayetteville as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The largest outage areas in Fayetteville include 120 customers west of Gulley Park, 113 accounts south of Washington Regional Medical Center, and 103 customers east of Root Elementary School, according to SWEPCO’s outage map. Other outages are scattered across town in pockets of less than 100 customers each.

Fayetteville Public Schools were closed and the University of Arkansas campus was on a delayed schedule Thursday due to poor road conditions and power outages across town. Fayetteville schools were also closed Wednesday, but students were on an AMI learning day.

Tuesday’s storm brought heavy, wet snow that caused downed tree branches and power lines and led to thousands of power outages across the region. The southern part of the region saw the most snow, with areas in Fayetteville reporting up to 8 inches of accumulation.

Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies highs in the lower 50s.