FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Plenty of roadway incidents and flight cancellations Saturday night (Dec. 17), due to hazardous weather conditions.
The National Weather Service reports that the snow, and blowing of snow will stay throughout the evening and into early Sunday.
Authorities say if you don’t have to drive, stay indoors.
A guard for the Arkansas Highway District Engineers said that all crews are working on trying to reduce the slick spots on the roadways.
They are out with the plows using a salt brine mixture and are spraying the roads with a melting agent.
“We were coming back on I-49 from Fort Smith, headed toward Fayetteville where we live,” said John Erwin and Suzzane Monroe, “but we could only make it to the Winslow Exit and we were forced to pull off the road due to the icy road conditions.”
Erwin said he was frustrated and was sure he wasn’t the only person stranded as he looked around and saw that traffic was at a complete stop because of the slick roadway.
“I’m sure a million people have called police,” said Erwin, “there are people getting out of their cars and walking around … and that doesn’t seem safe.”
By 11 p.m., Erwin’s parents came to rescue them, “and now the road has been sanded so it looks a lot safer,” he said.