Temperatures expected to be well below freezing early Wednesday morning mean that whatever ice, snow or slush remained on roadways Tuesday night would likely stick around.
“You’re going to struggle to reach even above freezing (on Tuesday) ... if we reach 32 we’ll be lucky,” senior forecaster John Lewis said. “(Tuesday night) temperatures will be down in the upper teens, lower 20s.”
On Wednesday, the temperature should be “a little higher into the 30s,” Lewis said on Tuesday, and there’s a good chance that more of the ice and slush will melt off the roads. A weather system is expected to build in the Gulf of Mexico and bring more snow to the state Thursday night and Friday morning, but this system will likely remain in the southern portion of the state, according to Lewis, though “a dusting of snow” may fall in Central Arkansas.
“It will certainly be nothing like this one,” he added.
Since the weather system came into the area early Monday morning, the Conway Police Department has responded to 19 accidents, according to CPD public information officer Chris Harris. One of the accidents was a hit-and-run and one caused injury, though the victim declined to be transported to Conway Regional. The rest involved property damage only.
Harris said that the majority of these accidents were the result of driving too fast for conditions and/or not allowing for increased stopping distances.
Tuesday night’s Conway City Council and Conway School Board meetings were cancelled Tuesday afternoon, and it was also decided that the Conway School District would be closed again on Wednesday.