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Drivers face slippery conditions in Paragould Friday

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Drivers drove a little slower than usual going through the intersection of Highway 49 and 412 Friday after the Winter Storm glazed streets of Region 8.

"It's been horrible," said Stephen Simmons. "The drive up here was a nice slip and slide."

Simmons said he did not look forward to his commute Friday morning.

"I drive a Mustang and it's almost like going in circles," Simmons said.

"It's not bad if you take it easy and everything, take your time and look out for everybody," said Bobby Brown.

Brown said he believed he was lucky this morning. He urges his fellow drivers to leave earlier to make the trip easier.

"I was probably luckier than some of them, now going back home it might be a little different," said Brown.

Highway Engineer Walter McMillan says all over Region 8, highways are covered in either snow or sleet.

"The western part of the district has more snow than the east. The eastern part has more sleet," said McMillan.

And now, their focus is on keeping the heavily traveled highways, like Highway 63 and Highway 40, clear for drivers.

"We have 40 trucks equipped with salt spreaders and ploughs and all of those are out on the highways right now," said McMillan.

If you head out on these roads these next few days, McMillan says be patient, because it's going to be a long road ahead.

"This is not going to go away in 24 hours like our storms do but you know but slow down give yourself extra time and be careful."



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