(Advertisement)

Icy Weather Strains Northwest Arkansas Road Crews

Posted: February 5, 2014 at 5 a.m.

An Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department snow plow clears School Street Tuesday morning in south Fayetteville. Northwest Arkansas received a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow throughout the day.

Three waves of winter weather in as many months are pushing Northwest Arkansas road crews to their resources’ limits, which could hinder work in the near future, officials said Tuesday.

At A Glance

Tools Of The Trade

Grit/Gravel: Adds traction to ice or packed snow but does nothing to melt it. Washington County uses only limestone gravel — no salt.

Salt/Brine: Salt lowers ice’s melting point to about 15 degrees and is most effective if put down before freezing begins and isn’t washed away by rain or snowmelt.

Beet Juice: Used by several cities and the state, beet juice can amplify salt’s effects and push ice’s melting point to between zero and minus 25 degrees.

Source: Staff Report

This story is only available from our archives.

(Advertisement)



« Previous Story

Cold Causes Cardiovascular Stress

Jim Reed had open heart surgery five years ago last month. A week later, an ice storm hit the region. Reed, an alderman on the Springdale City Council, said the ice storm d... Read »

Next Story »

Winter Weather Tips

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for dangerous wind chill today and Thursday. Temperatures today are forecast to be 12 to 20 degrees with a wind chi... Read »