Driving conditions become hazardous in Central Ark.

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  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The sleet caused quite a few accidents in Central Arkansas. Cars landed in ditches and hit guard rails, backing up traffic.

    According to the highway department's road condition map, Central Arkansas highways saw snow, sleet, slush, and ice. Those weather conditions were making traffic go slowly Tuesday morning when it started coming down in Central Arkansas at approximately 9:30, pounding highways and city streets.

    The icy roadways and all of those car accidents caused gridlock, especially at the Interstate 630/30 interchange.

    "As long as precipitation was falling, and moisture is on the roadways, and temperatures are at or below freezing, we will be out," said Randy Ort with the Arkansas Highway Department.

    Ort warned drivers to be careful on bridges, overpasses, and exit ramps. If you're out commuting, be sure to leave plenty of room between you and the other driver.

    "Anybody that needs to be out after dark, needs to be cautious. Any moisture on the roadway we will see re-freezing," says Ort.

    Jabbar Stewart only hit the road to help another driver.

    "Because of the weather, the battery died because it's so cold and we are getting it to jump start," says Stewart.

    Fortunately, the car died in the parking lot, unlike some commuters whose cars stalled in the middle of the busy interstate.

    For more information on road conditions, you can go to www.arkansashighways.com.

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