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Winter weather road conditions

Below freezing temperatures Thursday night are expected to make travel tricky.

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Below freezing temperatures Thursday night are expected to make travel tricky. While the storm didn't bring much snow accumulation, the wet pavement could cause dangerous driving conditions.

Arkansas State Police worked several minor accidents related to the weather but cold temperatures could create the worst driving conditions Friday morning. Sgt. Dennis Overton with the Arkansas State Police says out state is not really set up for cold conditions.

"As the roads clear up, people start to speed up, and when you run into an icy area it's unexpected. Just slow down when it's cold like this."

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is doing its best to treat the rain, sleet, slush, and snow, to make the roads as safe as they can for drivers. Bridges and overpasses are expected to freeze overnight, and drivers are being warned to use extreme caution in the morning.

Glenn Bolick with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says not everyone heeds the warnings, while other drivers won't even risk going out when it's potentially dangerous.

Troopers will be scattered around the area to be able to respond to problems, but there's only so much they can do. Sgt. Overton says if drivers do encounter ice, they should pull over.

"Move away and get your vehicle off the road to a safe location."

Sgt. Overton adds it's always best just to slow down, be cautious, and allow some extra time to get where you're going, so you can get there safely.

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