Blytheville Wary of Icy Roads following Christmas Snow

Blytheville Wary of Icy Roads following Christmas Snow

Blytheville, Arkansas saw several inches of snow. The big concern wasn't how drivers would do in the snow during the day; it's how they'll do on the ice at night.
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (abc24.com) - Old Man Winter's first blast of snow and cold temperatures had most of us waking up to a blanket of white Wednesday morning.

Roads are clear and in many cases dry, but it's so cold that the snow remains on yards and houses.

Blytheville, Arkansas saw several inches of snow. The big concern wasn't how drivers would do in the snow during the day; it's how they'll do on the ice at night.

In the 70 miles from Memphis to Blytheville, it was a job trying to keep cars on the road and out of ditches.

When the snow started falling late Christmas night, Blytheville Police Captain Ricky Jefferson began preparing for the worse.

"Motorists are pretty careful when its snowing, we've only had two accidents today, both with minor injuries, one early this morning and one around lunch time," he said.

Blytheville lucked out. In other areas of Arkansas the National Guard was sent to help emergency crews across the state as more than 10 inches of snow blanketed central counties.

The four inches of snow in Blytheville have been melting across roads all day, now the fear is once the sun goes down.

"The only thing we're concerned with tonight is the possibility of a refreeze and the roadways icing up. We encourage motorists if they don't have to get out tonight, don't drive."

There were also widespread power outages across the state. Governor Beebe authorized out of state power crews to help get utilities restored.

Most of the power has been restored in Mississippi County.

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