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‘Traffic is moving across the state

By: 12 January 2011 One Comment

As the snow and ice has almost entirely left Arkansas roadways, dangerous temperatures remain.

According to the National Weather Service in Little Rock, temperatures across the state will only reach the teens and low 20s today but the wind chills will make the temperatures feel even colder. The low temperatures combined with winds could blow some snow from the side of the road and cause it to refreeze in some spots.

This follows days of dangerous road conditions that shut down schools, businesses and even entire highways.

The roads in Benton on Monday were obviously passable by some, as is evident from the tire tracks. But highways in much of Central Arkansas were treacherous at best.

The center part of the state received the brunt of the weather’s fury with the Arkansas State Police having to divert traffic from I-30 for a few hours on Tuesday while helping stranded motorists, according to Public Information Officer Bill Sadler.

By Wednesday, this was the word from Sadler:

“Traffic is moving across the state.”

There were a few accidents on I-540 on Tuesday but nothing severe, according to a state police representative in the Springdale office.

This flowing fountain in south Fayetteville still only had a bit of snow early Monday afternoon. By Monday evening, Northwest Arkansas was blanketed in snow.

Even though the roads are safer, the temperatures are not. According to the MayoClinic.com, here are a few tips for preventing hypothermia:

  • “Cover. Wear a hat or other protective covering to prevent body heat from escaping from your head, face and neck. Cover your hands with mittens instead of gloves. Mittens are more effective than gloves because mittens keep your fingers in closer contact with one another.
  • “Overexertion. Avoid activities that would cause you to sweat a lot. The combination of wet clothing and cold weather can cause you to lose body heat more quickly.
  • “Layers. Wear loosefitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Outer clothing made of tightly woven, water-repellent material is best for wind protection. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold body heat better than cotton does.
  • “Dry. Stay as dry as possible. Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible. Be especially careful to keep your hands and feet dry, as it’s easy for snow to get into mittens and boots.”

Homes are also at risk in extreme temperatures. Most plumbing companies advise to let water drip from faucets that have pipes exposed to an outside wall.

Pets are also at risk. Animal shelter officials across the state recommend that pets be brought inside if possible and for those animals that must remain outside, make sure they have covered, enclosed shelter out of the wind. They must also have fresh, unfrozen water at all times, as well as blankets and/or dry hay.

About: Jamie Smith:
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