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Little Rock drivers handle brush with winter weather

The morning started with big snow flakes in Little Rock but quickly switched over to rain.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The morning started with big snow flakes in Little Rock but quickly switched over to rain.

The snow certainly didn't stick around for long. By mid morning, ice pellets greeted drivers along with visible warnings to drive cautiously.

It didn't take long to find casualties of slick and slushy roads. We found a Volkswagen Jetta sliding into a ditch off I-430 south near Rodney Parham. The driver and her passenger were uninjured.

As we stretched into afternoon ice switched over to rain. Plenty of salt and sand on the ready for crews, but with temperatures rising and streets mostly just wet from regular rain, we saw trucks in Little Rock checking streets but not dumping tons of product.

Drivers we talked too echoed the sentiment that it could have been a lot worse.

"They've just been wet really, just a little stuff up on the bridges, just wet and salty. That's about it," says Tim Dollar. "I was hoping it would snow enough to keep us all in but that didn't happen."

The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department says crews are still on 12-hour shifts. The big job now is putting down the sand / salt mixture on roads and bridges as we head into the evening and overnight hours.
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