Driving Conditions Still Dangerous Sunday
All of this winter weather is causing problems on the roads across the area Sunday morning (Dec. 8).
In both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley authorities said black ice and slick spots are to blame for accidents. Freezing rain that moved in overnight made the roads even more dangerous. The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said every road in the area has been coated with another sheet of ice as of Sunday morning.
Downed trees and tree limbs also created problems for drivers on smaller roads in the area. Throughout the River Valley, ice build up on the trees is weighing down the branches and causing some of them to snap.
In Fort Smith, South 22nd Street at South E Street is blocked by a large tree limb that is down. The road, one of several closed in the area Sunday morning.
Arkansas State Police said lanes on Interstate 40 both east and west bound are blocked at the Franklin County and Crawford County lines due a semi that has jack-knifed in the road.
In Alma, Highways 71 and 64 are both very slick, authorities said.
In Greenwood, a portion of N. Main is still closed, and all roads remain very slick, police said. Nearby, in Logan County dispatchers said they are seeing numerous accidents on highways near the Booneville area, south of Paris. The accidents were reported on Hwy. 10, Hwy 22 North, and Hwy. 23 North.
In Bella Vista, police said Oldham Road is still closed.
In Fayetteville, Oklahoma Way, Texas Way and other streets in the Mt. Sequoyah area are dangerous to drive on Sunday morning, according to police.
Parts of Sequoyah County, Okla. also remained slick Sunday. Around 8 a.m. dispatchers were called out to a car that slid into a ditch near Happy Corner and W.W. Grocery.
In addition, several cars have slid off the roads Sunday morning, according to Arkansas State Police.