LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — A lot of people seem to be staying out of harm’s way today after Arkansas' first snowfall. But if you were out, you probably saw a lot of the main roads cleared. That’s because Little Rock Public Works is plowing away, but they may need another day or so.
Crews are working 12-hour shifts and not having ice come before the snow fall has helped a lot with removal.
Everyone in Arkansas knows that snow in southern states causes conversation, chaos and excitement.
“What we did in this event is we started last night at 6 p.m. and ran through the night until 6 a.m. Then our 6 a.m. crews came in,” said Mark Jacobi, Operations Coordinator.
Little Rock Public Works started preparing for the first snow of 2018 in October.
They like to have staff trained and equipment ready early for expected and unexpected winter weather.
“Right now we've got 12 of our large material spreader trucks that have snow plows on the front of them, those are the big dump trucks,” Jacobi said.
Crews are working around the clock 24/7 and won't stop until they get the job done.
“We are getting some thawing right now even at 20 degrees or so that's a good thing. Mother Nature brought it to us and she's also helping us get rid of it,” said Jacobi.
Remember that later tonight and early morning, black ice may be a problem.
“We're looking at sub-freezing temperatures probably until Thursday,” he added.
Salt and mixed material dumped on the ground help make roads safer for drivers a little quicker.
“On our snow routes, we try to hit the larger arterial streets first and then we move into the neighborhoods. So, if the citizens could just be patient with us, if you don't have to get out please don't get out,” Jacobi said.
If you're out and see one of the big trucks in your rear view, please move out of the way. Treat them like other emergency response vehicles.