The snowfall stopped and I-49 is clear, but the ice is another story for Saturday, January 19.
The Benton County Road Department said it brought out sand and salt trucks around 5:30 a.m. Saturday and have been going nonstop ever since.
Several people were struggling to get up hills and getting stuck in slick spots who were driving in Benton County.
The biggest problem areas were the side roads, parking lots and ramps getting onto and off of the highway and interstate.
As it got dark, the roads looked clear, but actually many had thin sheets of ice underneath.
People said, “if you dont have to get out and drive, dont.”
“We came from Centerton and the main roads, excect for Dixieland in Rogers, have been okay, but all the side roads and neighborhoods have been absolutely iced over,” said Northwest Arkansas local, Greyson Bolinger.
“The roads are pretty treacherous at the moment plus with the cold air coming in it’s keeping it all nice and icy. I wouldn’t be driving out today, absolutely, I would wait until tomorrow if you can,” said driver Bart Starkey who was traveling through Northwest Arkansas.
The Benton County Road Department will continue to treat roads Saturday night checking for those slick spots.
As temperatures keep dropping below freezing it’s reccomended to stay off those roads and stay inside, according to road crews.