NEA sees first snow of new year

This tractor trailer was involved in a head-on collision with another semi on Highway 67 at Pocahontas on Thursday when roads became slick due to frozen precipitation.

A wintry mix of snow and sleet hit the area Thursday morning causing various issues throughout Northeast Arkansas.

Most schools chose to issue closures or use AMI days due to potential transportation issues. As the day progressed, many athletic events were canceled or postponed, as well.

Emergency personnel also found themselves busy throughout the area with multiple wrecks reported.

The Paragould Police Department issued an advisory on social media calling road conditions “treacherous” on Highway 135 North.

Officers were on the scene of several motor vehicle crashes and were responding to vehicles in ditches along the highway from the intersection of Highway 49 to the city limits near its intersection with Unity Road.

Because of the many incidents traffic was backed up and at a standstill for a while. The Arkansas Department of Transportation responded with snow plows and treated the roadway to remove ice.

At Pocahontas there was an 18-wheeler accident where two semi-trucks hit head-on on U.S. Highway 67, north of Engelberg Road. In addition, a truck and trailer overturned just a half-mile away.

On I-40 near West Memphis, a vehicle spun out and collided with a tractor-trailer resulting in the closure of the westbound lanes for a short period of time.

Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Specialist Sally Smith reported Thursday afternoon that since 6 a.m. there had been 12 accidents and nine vehicle-in-the-ditch reports due to the weather conditions.

She also stated that at 7:53 a.m., there was a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle, which was also believed to be weather related.

Some roads and overpasses had to be temporarily closed, as well, but by lunch time the weather began to clear, and conditions returned to normal by the end of the day.

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