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Drivers Dodge Winter Weather

REGION 8 (KAIT) -- On Thursday morning slushy ice on Highway 63 caused at least two cars to slide off the road and those drivers are not alone.

"About 8:30 this morning there were a couple of cars in the ditch between Tuckerman and Newport," said Greg Hembrey.

By late morning that slush had changed over to water, something Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said he's grateful for.

"The higher ground temperature has really prevented a lot of the roads from getting iced over," said Lucas.

Sheriff Lucas said bridges and overpasses are his biggest concern for drivers.  In Poinsett County their concern are roads off the beaten path.

"The biggest problem is the county roads, rural roads.  When you have these wet freezing conditions they get softer and begin to fall through on you," said Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix.

Even though they have to deal with the cold and the wet roads, everyone is glad that it isn't worse.

"When they were talking last night about some more icing and I woke up this morning to ice on the trees and the power lines, I was really getting worried but we've really been fortunate so far," said Lucas.

"We dodged a bullet this time.  If it had been a few degrees colder we would have been in trouble," said Hembrey.

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