Conway and county road crews prepared Wednesday for freezing rain, sleet and snow expected to hit the area overnight.
“We could get a lot, or we could get nothing,” county Road Administrator Glen Willhite said.
The city’s road crew was on standby Wednesday afternoon and had stockpiles of sand ready to spread over hilly areas and major intersections that iced during the night, said Jack Bell, the city chief of staff. In the county, road department crews prepared to clear downed trees from roadways.
Light snow, sleet and freezing rain fell on Conway on Wednesday afternoon, but roads remained clear, Willhite said.
“Everything that is falling is melting right now,” Willhite said.
Only two local churches — Greenbrier First United Methodist Church and Greenbrier Church of the Nazarene — had canceled services by 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Faulkner County schools remained open, but officials said they are watching the weather.
“We’ll be monitoring it throughout the night,” said Carroll Bishop, assistant superintendent at Conway Public Schools.
Bishop and others plan to drive county roads to see conditions before making the call for closing school.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain until 3 p.m. Wednesday. Another advisory is in effect from midnight until 4 p.m. Thursday.
Minor icing on bridges and overpasses were expected Wednesday, followed by freezing rain and sleet.
“Roads may become hazardous,” according to the advisory.
Central Arkansas could see some power outages, but northwest Arkansas was expected to see the worst of the winter weather, according to the weather service. While Faulkner County is expected to see a little snow, forecasters expected up to 3 inches of snow in northwest Arkansas.
Central Arkansas may have a “few hundredths of an inch” of ice, according to the advisory.
On Wednesday afternoon, the state highway department reported several roads were covered with snow, slush or ice patches in west and northwest Arkansas. Snow on roads was reported in the Fayetteville area, Ozark and near Mena.
Willhite said roads in Faulkner County are warm and nothing was sticking to them Wednesday afternoon.
By Thursday, high winds of up to 25 miles per hour in northwest Arkansas could down power lines or cause other problems, especially after a build up of ice and snow, meteorologist Sean Clarke said Wednesday morning. The entire state is expected to be windy Thursday, he said.
Precipitation is expected to end by early evening Thursday.
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