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.
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.
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.