LITTLE ROCK — A winter storm spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday, causing widespread power outages and shutting down the state Capitol in the middle of the legislative session.

LITTLE ROCK — A winter storm spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday, causing widespread power outages and shutting down the state Capitol in the middle of the legislative session.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office said non-essential state employees in Central Arkansas were to report to work two hours later than usual on Tuesday. State employees outside of Central Arkansas were advised to check with their supervisors for delays.


According to the National Weather Service, Northwest Arkansas received the heaviest snowfall Sunday night and Monday, with Bentonville, Eureka Springs and Kingston receiving 4 to 5 inches by 11 a.m. Monday.


In Central Arkansas, 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet was typical from Little Rock northward, and quarter-inch to half-inch accumulations of freezing rain were reported in some areas across the southern part of the state, including Arkadelphia and Pine Bluff, by late Monday morning.


Precipitation began tapering off Monday afternoon, starting from the west. The National Weather Service said there is a small chance of light snow Tuesday in northern Arkansas, but no additional accumulations are in the forecast.


Most state offices were scheduled to be closed Monday for George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day. Some state employees were required to work for the legislative session, but Hutchinson’s office announced shortly before 6 a.m. that all state offices in the Little Rock metropolitan area would be closed because of inclement weather.


The state House and Senate cancelled plans to meet Monday. This is the sixth week of the session, which began Jan. 12.


Ice brought down numerous trees and tree branches across the state, contributing to power outages. Entergy Arkansas spokeswoman Julie Munsell more than 30,000 Entergy customers in the state lost power.


"We expect to have a lot of those folks back on tonight," Munsell said Monday. "But the majority of those out will be back on 10 p.m. tomorrow night, and then we’ll have a few roll over into Wednesday."


Munsell said Entergy Arkansas augmented its regular force of about 900 workers with an additional 1,000 from sister companies and contractors, half of whom began working Sunday and the other half early Monday.


Updates on Entergy outages are available at www.entergy.com.


Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said that by late Monday afternoon no weather-related fatalities or critical injuries had been reported. He said most of the accidents reported involved vehicles sliding off roadways or tractor-trailers becoming jackknifed. No prolonged traffic stoppages were reported.


"The interstates seem to be moving," Sadler said.


Information on road conditions is available from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department at www.idrivearkansas.com.


At the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, 45 out of 70 flights scheduled for Monday had been cancelled by late Monday afternoon, airport spokesman Shane Carter said. The airport remained open all day, and decisions about cancellations were up to the airlines.


Airport crews began working Sunday evening to clear the main runway and taxiways and continued working through the night and into Monday, Carter said. He said a crew would be in place to deal with any refreezing that occurred.


"While the goal is to be back to normal tomorrow, travelers are urged to check their air carrier’s website before coming to the airport for any flight changes," he said Monday.


Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs cancelled live racing Monday, postponing the $300,000 Southwest Stakes.


The park said it expected to resume live racing Thursday and to reschedule the Southwest Stakes for next Saturday or Sunday, depending on how soon the track can be cleared to allow training.


This is the third time Oaklawn has canceled live racing since 2006.