JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The first major bout of winter weather in the new year has blasted parts of Region 8 with as much as 4 inches of snow in some parts.
Most of the area was under a Winter Weather Advisory for much of Saturday, as a powerful cold front plowed in from the north.
Most of Saturday road crews struggled to keep pace with the rapidly falling snow, causing roadways to get slushy and snow-covered quickly.
Road crews, however, were able to make a huge dent in clearing the main roads for the late afternoon and evening parts of Saturday.
Once the sun went down, and the brutally low temperatures swooped in, most of the wet roads have turned to ice.
Road crews told Region 8 News they were waiting for it to stop raining so they could put down salt brine to help combat the ice patches.
Many counties are reporting into the newsroom that side roads remain snow covered, and are turning into hard snow and ice with the temperature drop.
The other big fight Saturday was the wet soil and wind leading to thousands being without power.
Several crashes were reported across Region 8, with dispatches reporting multiple slide-offs, crashes, and cars sliding into power poles.
As the temperature drops well below freezing Saturday, law enforcement officers are stressing for people to stay inside, and not get out on the roads unless it’s an emergency.
Here is a way to stay up to date on the weather and road conditions as well as power outages in the area:
Region 8 News & Weather apps
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