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Snow began accumulating quickly, even on busy roadways such as Hwy 71 above. [PHOTO BY LEXI DILBECK]

Winter Weather Forcing Closings & Hazardous Road Conditions

BY LEANN DILBECK –pulse-coming-out-day-late-

Snow began falling at 9 a.m. Monday morning and conditions were very favorable for road conditions to quickly begin to deteriorate, forcing school closings as well as a number of business closings.

School officials at Mena, Ouachita River, Rich Mountain Community College, Bethel Christian and Grace Place Academy  have announced that school will also be closed TUESDAY, February 24.

Secondary roads deteriorated quickly as loaded school buses navigated the winter weather to safely return students home.
Secondary roads deteriorated quickly as loaded school buses navigated the winter weather to safely return students home.

Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey is urging all motorists to stay off roadways as law enforcement is busy working multiple accidents this morning as a result of the weather.  Areas north of Vandervoort are receiving mainly snowfall but law enforcement said south of Vandervoort is receiving sleet mixed with snow.

In addition to all county schools dismissing – the following businesses have announced they’re closures for Monday due to weather:

Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce

Polk County Courthouse

Healthy Connections, Inc.

Williams Medical Clinic

Rich Mountain Community College

Mena Medical Associates

Double D ATV Service & Repair

We will continue to post closings at this link as we are notified.

The Polk County Pulse print issue will also be delayed in distribution by one day, hitting racks Thursday, February 26. MyPulseNews.com will continue to be updated and current despite weather condtions.

According to the National Weather Service, this will not be a huge event, but one to two inches of light snow and sleet could accumulate from Little Rock (Pulaski County) to the Ouachita Mountains (of the west). Higher elevations of the Ouachitas could pick up more than two inches of powder. Farther east and south, the forecast calls for less than an inch of snow/sleet.

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS iDrive Arkansas CURRENT RADAR & FORECAST – NWS – Little Rock

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