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Highway Department ready for snow

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department warns drivers: don't go out Tuesday night if you don't have to.
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LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department warns drivers: don't go out Tuesday night if you don't have to.

Right now, the roads are dry, but fast forward 24 hours, and they will be a mess.

"Overnight tomorrow night into Wednesday morning, is when we feel it's going to be the worst," says Randy Ort with the AR Highway and Transportation Department.

"This part of the state here, people can't drive real well when it rains. It will definitely be a problem when it snows. I hope it passes. I hope it passes," says driver Tyrone Dillard who is from south Arkansas.

Roger Taylor works for the Highway Department. He is ready to get called in to work Christmas night.

"If it comes, we'll be here," he says.

Taylor's tip for drivers: let the salt trucks do their job.

The Highway Department will be out late Monday night pre-treating roads in northern Arkansas, but since rain is expected to hit central Arkansas before the snow, pre-treating won't work.

"I have to warn people just because we pre-treat, that does not keep those surfaces from freezing, but what that does is it keeps the ice from actually adhering as strongly to the road's surface. It makes it easier to clean off," says Ort.

At least one driver we spoke with Monday already has a smart plan in place.

"The best thing to do is to try to stay at home and enjoy your Christmas, and have a very merry Christmas, everybody," says Paula Harris.

The Highway Department spends $5-$6 million a year on snow and ice removal.
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