NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the wintery weather rolls into Arkansas, some roads are becoming more difficult to navigate.
According to IDriveArkansas.com, Most of the roads in the northern parts of Arkansas are covered with snow right now while the northeast corner and some of the central areas are covered in sleet and slush. The live traffic conditions on the website also indicate that traffic is traveling at a very slow pace in the northern half as well.
In order to combat icy, frozen roads, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) is once again working around the clock.
"The crews reported in around noon today here in central Arkansas. They loaded up the trucks and moved out around two o'clock this afternoon," said AHTD spokesperson Danny Strassle. "Basically, we're throwing rock salt out onto the bridges and overpasses."
Straessle explained that those areas have no insulation and are bound to freeze quickly.
"Black ice is definitely going to be our concern tonight. The temperatures will drop, the wind is blowing right now as we speak," he added. "I will say this - less traffic on the road helps us do our job."
Over at North Little Rock School District, Superintendent Kelly Rogers is consulting with neighboring school districts on what to do; they are all keeping a close watch on the National Weather Service.
"It's just a tough decision at this point," Rogers said. "It just depends on where the weather moves, how much precipitation comes down in the form of ice or snow. You either wish that it would go ahead and snow and sleet so we could make a decision, or we get the word that it's not going to come our direction but right now we really don't know what's going to happen."
Rodgers says the district is also in close communication with safety staff.
"If it turns out that the precipitation has stopped by midnight and the roads and grounds and bridges are not frozen and not slick then I'm sure we'll go ahead and have school."
But if roads freeze overnight, the decision, he says, is crystal clear.