December 11, 2013 Edition

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Ice storm makes
travel treacherous

Matt Ryan watches behind him as he clears ice and snow from the parking lot at Main Event Movies and Tans on West Main Street in Walnut Ridge on Friday afternoon.
TD Photo ~ John Bland
Gretchen Hunt

While Lawrence County dodged a major bullet on power outages during the weekend's ice storm, road conditions quickly deteriorated and remained dangerous for days after the storm had passed.

Freezing rain started in Lawrence County Thursday night and changed over to sleet, which continued Friday, followed by a light layer of snow Friday afternoon.

While power lines, trees and other items in the air received a light coating, at the ground level a layer of ice similar to a skating rink formed on just about every exposed surface.

The first real melting did not occur until Tuesday, and less traveled areas were still treacherous as of Tuesday afternoon.

Law enforcement personnel and wrecker services have been busy with numerous accidents in the county, including several involving eighteen-wheelers.

All schools in Lawrence County closed early on Thursday and remained closed though Tuesday. Schools were also scheduled to be closed today, as well.

In addition Williams Baptist College, which was set to begin its finals as the weather moved in, ended its semester early.

Both Craighead Electric and Entergy had some outage issues in Northeast Arkansas, but only very minimal problems in Lawrence County.

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