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January 21-22 Western Arkansas Ice Storm



It doesn't take a lot of freezing rain to cause serious travel issues and this system certainly illustrated that point well. Most places in Western Arkansas received only 1/10 of freezing rain but some places did see as much as 1/4 inch. The 1/10 - 1/4 inch of ice was enough however to severely ice up even main roads during the late afternoon of January 21, 2008. Between Fort Smith and Fayetteville, I-540 became severely iced with numerous accidents reported and extreme traffic backups reported. There were reports of people being stuck for more than 5 hours and people running out of gas because of the prolonged backups. By early morning (of the 22nd) main roads had improved but secondary roads remained quite slick. Many schools closed including Van Buren, Alma, Siloam Springs, and Ozark. Here are pictures from the event: