As of 8:30 this morning roads are covered mostly with sleet, which gives a vehicle more grip than sheet ice, but there’s some of that on bridges and some curves too.
Conway and Faulkner County officials are asking people to stay home if they can, and Salem Road is closed between Meadowlake Road to Highway 64 in Conway. Roads are expected to get worse as the day progresses.
“People need to stay home; that’s best for everybody,” County Judge Allen Dodson said. “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 as of about 8 a.m., weather event public information officer Latresha Woodruff said, and none in the county either according to Dodson.
"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 said, adding that tree branches sagging with the weight of ice would be a sign that electrical outages are on the way.