Wild Arkansas

January 30, 2009

Icy Days in NW Arkansas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — WildArkansas @ 6:07 am
One driver braved the roads

One driver braved the roads

Monday afternoon the weather hailed ice upon NW Arkansas. Roads froze and customers visiting our little store reported three wrecks along I-540 by 3pm. By 5pm some roads were impassable and cars slid rather than drove along.

In Lowell several drivers turning north on to Honeysuckle and nearby subdivisions found themselves skating rather than driving along the street and at least one driver skated into a curb, stuck for some time.

Highland St. - Frozen

Highland St. - Frozen

Tuesday the world was covered in ice again with local reports threatening more. By noon sounds of snapping limbs and falling branches resounded through the neighborhood. One limb caught against a powerline and began smoking at the corner of Highland and Barker and a neighbor called the fire department. By 1pm the power had been cut off to the whole neighborhood.

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Tree snapped in half

Wednesday greeted us with a bright white world. Icicles formed on eves and whatlimbs were left on trees hung low from the weight of the ice.  Some were covered with ice an inch thick.  Still the power remained off with no sign of utility workers. One neighbor said the utility company promised power by Saturday.

Thursday (Today) we finally have power (and internet!). The damage to some places throughout Washington and Benton counties is extensive. I took a drive through Springdale and into Fayetteville today and found some roads completely impassable from tree limbs. As the ice melts large chunks continue to fall from overhead lines and ice. Be careful while outdoors and please watch for overhead ice.

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4 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the update Carla. I was wondering how things were on that end. I haven’t heard anything from Roxann yet, do you know how Madison county fared?

    Comment by Dena — January 30, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  2. I have no idea. I’ve heard that near Harrison the damage is pretty bad. If anyone has updates it would be nice to know how people are doing over there.

    Comment by maturehealth — January 30, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  3. Okay, thanks. Let me know if you hear anything from that area please.
    I put a couple of pics on my blog from my yard tuesday if you want to see what it looked like down here.
    http://mikedena.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Dena — January 30, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  4. Hey Dena. I looked at your blog. Great photos!

    See I love the way this weather looks, but you pinned it down. This stuff is dangerous. Thanks for posting those.

    Comment by maturehealth — February 1, 2009 @ 3:48 pm


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