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Frigid temperatures not helping roads after winter storm

SkyCAM view from Paragould Tuesday morning (Source: KAIT) SkyCAM view from Paragould Tuesday morning (Source: KAIT)
SkyCAM view of Downtown Jonesboro (Source: KAIT) SkyCAM view of Downtown Jonesboro (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Following Monday's winter storm, temperatures have not risen to help with melting the roads and most likely won't until the end of the week.

Road workers are doing all they can to clear the highways, but roads in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri continue to be covered or partly covered by ice.

Forecasters say temperatures will continue to stay below freezing until Friday, when another round of wintry precipitation is possible.

In Jonesboro, City Hall will open at 9 a.m. according to Mayor Harold Perrin. Also Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley says there have been 10 reported vehicles in ditch over the last 24 hours.

Presley urges drivers to stay home, but if you must get out be cautious of black ice. Here are some tips from Presley if you do happen to hit black ice:

  • Remain calm and avoidoverreactingg
  • Do as little as possible and allow the vehicle to pass over the ice
  • Do not hit the brakes, but try to keep the steering wheel straight
He also says that if you feel the back end of your car sliding left or right, make a very gentle turn of the steering wheel in the same direction. If you try to struggle against it by steering in the opposite direction, you risk skidding or spinning out.

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