Snow and ice expected in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday the front will move across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles late Wednesday and on Thursday as it pushes south and eastward, then the storm system will likely follow on Friday and Saturday.

The weather service says many uncertainties remain, including the timing, locations and types and amounts of precipitation.

In Central Texas, rain is in the forecast for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but temperatures will remain well above freezing until after the precipitation has moved out.

The system is moving into the region after storms last weekend resulted in at least two tornadoes in northeast Oklahoma and three in western Arkansas.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker each declared states of emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by the storms.