LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV)- Arkansans are bracing for the cold weather. From shelters opening up to the highway transportation trucks filling up with sand, many people are trying to get ahead of the weather and out of the cold.
Canvass community is one of several shelters opening up their doors to those in need. "The little rock police department was dropping people off was going out into camps and finding people who were hungry and telling them there is a safe place for them to be to get out of the weather." It's located on West 7th street; they only open up their doors for cold weather.
About 40 people slept Saturday night and they expect to have close to 90 Sunday night. They have cots and blankets along with pillows and food. They're not the only shelter, Little Rock Compassion center is also taking in people. They served close to 700 meals so far this weekend and expect to have around 300 stay the night in their dorms and facility.
Shelters aren't the only ones gearing up for Monday's wintry mix. "Our crews were ready Thursday and Friday prepping our equipment, so all our equipment is in place we've got our materials stock piled in strategic places." Randy Ort with the Arkansas highway and transportation department says his crew spent Sunday morning pre treating some of the bridges and over passes with a liquid mixture of magnesium or calcium chloride. They also have sand trucks on standby. "We'll be spreading a combination of salt and sand. The sand is what gives traction the salt has melting qualities and that will melt whatever does have to freeze."
Ort also says the trucks will be out at midnight so they can begin treating the roads as soon as the precipitation starts to fall. As far as shelters go the Salvation Army is also open along with union rescue mission on Confederate boulevard.