February 25, 2003
Posted at: 3:37 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The winter storm that has socked the central part of the state is bringing out the best in some Arkansans.
Renee Lewis of North Little Rock said that she was trapped with two other people in her Honda Elantra for ten hours from nine last night until seven this morning on Interstate 40 near Morgan.
Lewis said the icy road conditions forced a semi truck to jackknife on the highway, shutting down traffic. She said at about 3 a.m. another truck driver got out of his cab in the freezing temperatures and started walking up and down the row of stranded vehicles, making sure everyone was all right.
Lewis said she was hungry and the trucker went back to the cab of his truck and brought her and two fellow passengers chips, cupcakes, baked chicken and rice. Lewis said she never got the trucker's name and just wanted to thank him for his kindness.
The state is coated in as much as 10 inches of snow in areas this morning and forecasters say more is to come. The National Weather Service says that the ice storm they predicted for tonight is holding off, but still should arrive sometime mid-morning tomorrow.
They also say it doesn't look as bad as it once did -- they expect it to bring light snow to northern Arkansas, freezing rain to central Arkansas and rain to southern Arkansas.
The snow has shut down several parts of Interstate 40 although Arkansas State Police dispatchers in Little Rock say they haven't responded to any serious accidents. Dispatchers say the main problem is tractor trailers jack-knifing because of heavy loads.
And at Adams Field at the Little Rock National Airport flights are starting to drop off the departure board. A worker there says that the early morning flights are starting to cancel out as the airlines get to de-icing planes. Crews at the airport have been plowing the runways non-stop since one in the morning, having to add additional crews.