Road crews are working to clear the ice in Northwest Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Road crews will work around the clock to treat roads in Northwest Arkansas during the winter storm.

Across the region, roads are covered in sleet and slippery as of Monday evening.

Bart Ledgerwood of the Washington County Road Department said sleet and ice were much more difficult to deal with than last week’s snow.

“There is no traction, so we went ahead and used the chips. So in the bad areas, when you hit curbs and bridges, you actually have something to bite on,” Ledgerwood said.

According to Ledgerwood, crews will use deicers to melt the ice on the roads. The road construction department received a new batch of de-icers on Monday.

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In Benton County, communications director Melody Kwok said it was all hands on deck treating the roads.

“Sand and salt is about the only thing you can do to break it up. Our road scrapers can also break up the ice on our dirt roads,” Kwok said.

Kwok and Ledgerwood are urging people to stay off the roads and be careful if they have to drive in the coming days.

“Give yourself extra space between people, and if you get stuck, please don’t get out of your vehicle,” Kwok said.

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