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Jonesboro -- Shannon Johnson Reports

Sleet, Snow Nearly Shuts Down Region 8 Traveling

December 23, 2004 – Posted at 5:12 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- It's been about two years since Region 8 has seen dismal travel conditions like we are seeing now, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Most people woke up Wednesday morning, saw a little sleet, brushed it off, and went about their day.

Then old man winter reared his ugly head and people have been trying to get back into the groove of things ever since, especially at the airports. Five inches of snow was scrapped off the runway at Jonesboro's Municipal Airport Thursday.

It was that same white stuff that caused an in-bound Mesa flight to divert to Little Rock Wednesday night. Weather was so bad; pilots couldn't even see the Jonesboro runway. And Thursday, at the Little Rock airport, the snow may not be flying but neither are some of the planes.

“When we got to the airport they had the flight delayed from 2:28 to 3:19 and then a little while ago they told us it was canceled completely,” said an employee.

And the cancellation and delays continue at this hour.

“It's sort of the combination of the weather here we also are having some weather problems in hubs like Cincinnati, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago O'Hara is reporting some problems,” said a spokesperson for the Little Rock airport.

Memphis International shut down completely last night and it was a slow going Thursday morning because equipment like fuel carts and tugs iced overnight. An airport spokesman says they hope to get back on schedule by the end of the day.

Meanwhile, Jonesboro drivers are zipping through the slush like pros. However we can't say the same for the City Street Department workers who are clearing the streets.

“We had a grader break down, broke a few lines and we're just have to get back together, get it going,” said a city worker.

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