Monday Traffic Alert: ‘Stay home’ if you can

Tracking road conditions in Region 8

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Officials urged people to “stay home” Monday as heavy snow created dangerous travel conditions throughout Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

Jonesboro and Craighead County E911 Director Jeff Presley began at 6 a.m. reporting multiple vehicles sliding off into ditches.

Region 8 News viewers also reported treacherous traveling conditions in other parts of the area, including Greene County where road crews were busy trying to scrape the roads clean:

Snow on the roads did not cause the only problems.

Around 10:30 a.m., Presley reported several traffic lights out in Brookland and Jonesboro due to snow on the sensors.

Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan was on the road around that time and reported the snowfall rate was so “incredible” that it would be hard for road crews to keep up.

These snowfall rates are incredible right now. Don’t complain about the highway department. There is no way they can keep up with the storm. I see them out here. They are trying hard!

Posted by Ryan Vaughan, Region 8 StormTEAM on Monday, February 15, 2021

To avoid winding up in a ditch or worse, Presley advised to maintain distance from everyone else on the road and avoid slamming on your brakes.

The Paragould Police Department reported that, as expected, road conditions deteriorated overnight.

"As was expected, road conditions deteriorated overnight," the police department stated in a Monday social media post.
"As was expected, road conditions deteriorated overnight," the police department stated in a Monday social media post. (Source: Paragould Police Dept.)

“There is a mix of ice and snow on the roadways causing traction and stopping issues,” they stated in a social media post. “If you can stay at home, that would be the best course of action.”

Presley echoed that advice, urging motorists to stay home if they can.

Traffic troubles reported Monday:

  • 4:45 a.m. West Parker Road & Dabbs (near Walmart): One vehicle
  • 5:50 a.m. Johnson and Labaume
  • 5:50 a.m. Browns Lane and Lillie
  • 9:11 a.m. Aggie and Red Wolf: 3-car crash, no injuries reported
  • 9:11 a.m. 900-block of Richsmith Lane: Car stalled, blocking roadway
  • 10:12 a.m. Kellers Chapel and Southwest Drive: Car stuck on the hill
  • 10:36 a.m. Highway 351 at Johnson: Vehicles stalled/stuck. “Hilltop area is slick,” Presley said.
  • 10:52 a.m. East Parker and Harrisburg Roads: Car in ditch

State road conditions:

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