Tools to tame the snow, ice, sleet

Posted: January 17, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.

What a winter!

So far, it’s been colder than normal in parts of the state and multiple winter occurrences have kept children home from school and parents struggling to run errands or get to work.

And we’re just now heading into the weeks when Arkansas typically experiences its most wintry weather, says John Robinson, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s North Little Rock office. “Usually our snowy period is from mid-January to the first part of February,” and the northwestern part of the state typically experiences snow, while a band of sleet or freezing rain taunts the middle of the state and south Arkansas experiences rain, or, occasionally, freezing rain, Robinson says.

For those who are not prepared, any wintry weather can range from hassle to downright dangerous.

However, there are tools — such as snowblowers and throwers, snow pushers and shovels, ice choppers and liquids and salts that melt snow and ice — that make getting out and about during a winter storm a little easier, writes Tracy M. Rogers in Saturday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette HomeStyle.