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RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A potential spring snow storm has road departments in Region 8 prepping for what's to come.

The sand truck at the Randolph County Road department is loaded down and ready to go if Thursday's snow makes road conditions iffy.

"We'll take all of our machines, our graters and at the end of the day tomorrow, we'll have new blades on them, they'll be fueled up and ready to roll," Randolph County Judge David Jansen told Region 8 News.

Jansen said because pinpointing exactly when the snow will move in and how much they might see is difficult, multiple crews are on standby.

"My road department, when they're hired on they know that they can get a call at 10 o'clock at night, midnight or 2 o'clock in the morning and they'll be out there doing whatever we have to do," Jansen said.

He explained to Region 8 News that by March, they're usually done dealing with snow.

"Seems like we've dealt with some floods before in March but since I've been judge, I don't remember any snows in March," Jansen said.

The spring floods will actually help keep the roads manageable during this upcoming snow storm. 

Jansen said sand that came into Randolph County from the April 2011 floods is the sand they'll be using to keep roads drivable.

However, as it is Spring in Arkansas and temperatures will go back above freezing by Friday, Jansen said he and his crews realize that any snow that does stick won't stay around for long.

"If it's after 2 o'clock in the morning, we'll get up, we'll look at it, my road foreman and I will make a decision," Jansen said.

Stick with the Region 8 Weather Team as the system moves through Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

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