TRAFFIC ALERT: ‘Take it easy,’ roads still icy

TRAFFIC ALERT: Thursday morning roads ‘horrendous’

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Motorists are urged to continue to use caution while traveling Thursday evening due to hazardous road conditions.

The Arkansas Department of Transporation reported a multi-vehicle crash blocking all northbound lanes of Interstate 555 at mile marker 6.5 just southeast of Tyronza.

Highway officials reported around 10 p.m. Thursday that the crash had been cleared.

As of 8:50 p.m., the Arkansas Department of Transportation reported roads throughout Northeast Arkansas were covered in ice.

Here are the links to the latest road conditions in Arkansas and surrounding states:

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates tells Region 8 News that Highway 63 in the county are in fair shape.

Yates also says that side roads and county roads are covered.

Meteorologist Aaron Castleberry, who was live in the StormTracker, reported just before 5 a.m. that roads were “horrendous” between Jonesboro and Trumann.

Adam Jones, who was located on Harrisburg Road just off Interstate 555, described a “sheet of sleet” covering the roadway, making for a slippery commute.

By Midday, both reported that roads were a little clearer from the heavy traffic, but they cautioned that travel was still treacherous and urged motorists to “take it easy.”

Castleberry said he had seen several ArDOT and Jonesboro city trucks plowing the main roads and spreading sand.

Tracking slick roads in Region 8

Just after midnight, Jonesboro and Craighead County E911 Director Jeff Presley warned that travel would be “dangerous” and urged motorists to use caution if they had to be out.

The first of several reports of crashes and vehicles in ditches came in at 4:10 a.m. in the 5600-block of Southwest Drive.

At 6:45 a.m., ArDOT’s cameras showed Interstate 555 at the Harrisburg Road exit covered in sleet, but traffic was moving at a slow, steady pace.

ArDOT's camera showed traffic on I-555 in Jonesboro moving at a slow, steady pace.
ArDOT's camera showed traffic on I-555 in Jonesboro moving at a slow, steady pace. (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Transportation)

Like Wednesday, it was just a matter of time before Presley began reporting even more crashes:

  • 4:47 a.m. Scenic Drive in front of Walnut Street Baptist Church: Truck on its side
  • 4:47 a.m. 100-block of Travis Drive in Bay: Vehicle in ditch
  • 4:54 a.m. I-555 and Alexander: SUV in ditch. “This area is very slick.”
  • 5 a.m. Scenic Drive and Woodsprings Road: Pickup on its side, road signs down.
  • 5:13 a.m. 100-block of Travis in Bay: Rollover crash
  • 5:55 a.m. Matthews and Glendale: Car vs. power pole
  • 3:40 p.m. Highway 18 and 139 near Monette, pick up in a ditch, no injuries.
  • 3:46 p.m. I-555 southbound lane crash reported north of Tyronza.

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