As of 1 p.m. on Friday, our early press time for the print edition, roads were covered with close to an inch of frozen sleet and slush.
Conway and Faulkner County officials are asking people to stay home if they can until the roads clear, and Salem Road is closed between Meadowlake Road to Highway 64 in Conway. Roads were expected to get worse as the day progressed, and temperatures today were forecast as still below freezing.
“People need to stay home; that’s best for everybody,” County Judge Allen Dodson said on Friday. “If you’re out driving, go really slow and be forgiving of other people’s mistakes; expect them to make mistakes.”
There are no reported power outages in Conway, weather event public information officer Latresha Woodruff said, and none in the county either according to Dodson, but Conway County’s had outages.
“If you are involved in an accident or encounter one or you see downed trees or power lines please be patient, it will be attended to as soon as possible,” Woodruff said in a press release this morning. “The number to report power outages is 450-6000. Thanks for your cooperation and be safe.”
“We’re fortunate in Faulkner County because most of the early stuff that fell was sleet, not freezing rain,” Dodson Friday morning, adding that tree branches sagging with the weight of ice would be a sign that electrical outages are on the way. However, by 1 p.m. on Friday only sleet, and no freezing rain, was reported.
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