Winter Weather Road Conditions Still Creating Problems for Drivers

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Icy conditions are still creating problems for people across Northwest Arkansas.

“There’s nothing anyone can do to prevent ice from forming on the pavement.” said Danny Straessle, spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Transportation. 

From icy roads to slippery sidewalks the effects of Saturday night’s winter weather are still being felt. 

“The biggest thing is just to tell people to stay home and stay safe cause that’s the problem.” said Shawna Ross, the Battalion Chief for Central EMS.

Shawna Ross said they responded to 17 weather related accidents. 

“When it gets bad like this and it kind of comes out of nowhere people don’t expect it and generally there are quite a few accidents.” Ross said. 

Washington and Benton counties were hit the worst. The Arkansas State Police were called to a total of 39 crashes in both counties — including one fatal collision on I-49 near mile marker 53.

“This is the time of year that we recommend to folks anytime the temperature is below freezing and there’s moisture on the highway you’re going to have ice.” said Straessle. 

Total number of crashes police responded to:
Fayetteville – 23
Springdale – 18
Bentonville -10
Rogers – 8

With temperatures continuously below freezing, Straessle said people still need to be cautious on the roadways.

“As the temperatures start to drop the moisture on the highways start to freeze you started to see the pavements turned from wet pavement to ice and there’s no way anyone can prevent that.”

Straessle said pre-treating the roads doesn’t prevent accumulation from piling up, it only makes it easier for the road crews to induce melting.

With moisture still on the roads, the safest bet is to just stay home. 

“It doesn’t have to be an event like we had last night it could just be ground water from the hill or busted pipes. Drivers need to take precautions as they know the temperatures are falling.” Straessle said. 

The sun was supposed to come out Sunday which would have helped clear up any moisture on the roads.

But because of the overcast conditions it was unable to get above freezing, which means re-freezing on the roads is likely tonight.

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