Northwest Arkansas’ Slick Roads Lead To Car Crashes

Posted: December 6, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Cpl Preston Oswalt of the Fayetteville Police Department assists tow truck drivers Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in collecting one of seven cars involved in a collision on Interstate 540 at the Porter Road exit in Fayetteville.

Freezing rain and sleet led to dozens of car crashes Thursday as road conditions worsened.

At A Glance

Winter Weather Tips

The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures to fall to 13 degrees by 5 p.m. today. The overnight low is forecast to be 6 degrees with a wind chill of 3 to -7 degrees.

Indoor Safety

• Check the temperature in your home often. Infants shouldn't sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat easier than adults.

• Use fireplace, wood stoves or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside. Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors.

• Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that might catch fire. Do not plug it into an extension cord.

• Never leave lit candles unattended.

Outdoor Safety

• Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.

• If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.

• Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.

• If you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Water expands as it freezes and puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing. Tips to prevent pipes from freezing:

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children.

• When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe — even at a trickle — helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

• If you will be going away, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.

• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

• Make sure your water meter lid is firmly on the meter box. Do not remove the lid because insulating air in the box will be released. If the meter has frozen before, pack newspapers, leaves or insulation around the meter in the box, replace the lid and cover it leaves or insulating material.

Source: Staff Report

Weather Emergencies

To report electrical outages:

• Ozarks Electric Cooperative, www.ozarkselectric.com, 800-521-6322

• Southwestern Electric Power Co., www.swepco.com, 888-218-3919

• Carroll Electric Cooperative, www.carrollecc.com, 800-432-9720

• OG&E Energy Corp., www.oge.com, 800-522-6870

• Bentonville Electric Department, www.outageentry.com, 800-286-1262

• Siloam Springs Electric Department, 479-524-3777 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 479-524-4118 after hours

To report emergency:

• Source Gas, 800-563-0012

For Road Conditions:

• Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, www.idrivearkansas.com, twitter.com/AHTD, 800-245-1672 or 501-569-2374

• Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, www.dps.state.ok.us, 405-425-2385

• Missouri Department of Transportation, www.modot.org, 800-222-6400

• Kansas Department of Transportation, www.ksdot.org, 800-585-7623

Source: Staff Report

Closings, Cancellations

To include an event on this list, please email news@nwaonline.com.


• NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville

• Bentonville Schools

• Rogers Schools

• Pea Ridge Schools

• St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Rogers

• Elkins Schools

• West Fork Schools

• John P. Hammerschmidt Federal Building Fayetteville is closed.

• Great 8 basketball tournament in Rogers canceled.

• Bentonville’s 7-A football final postponed until Dec. 13.

• The 47th Silver Tea postponed until Dec. 13.

• Holiday Art Sale — formerly the Block Street Art Sale — Friday hours canceled. A decision will be made Friday about Saturday and Sunday events.


• Great 8 basketball tournament in Rogers canceled.

• Northwest Arkansas Natural holiday open house postponed until Dec. 14.

• Heritage High School “Community Leaf Removal Day” postponed until Dec. 14.

• Ozark Highlands Trail Association group hike at Pea Ridge National Military Park canceled.

• A program with photographer Tim Ernst at the Bentonville Public Library has been reset for Jan. 18.

• Centerton Christmas bazaar, parade and tree lighting postponed until Dec. 14.

Source: Staff Report

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