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Arkansas Hwy Dept. plans for slick travel
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January 3, 2014 (KTHV) - Parts of the state are making preparations for a snowy weekend. The Arkansas Highway Department held a conference call today to make plans for hazardous travel conditions.

Northwestern Arkansas was already hit yesterday with slick roads.

Right now, we're just dealing with cold temperatures, but with that weather on the way, the highway department is on standby should they be needed to help clear roads.

Crews have restocked their equipment and are ready to roll this weekend, if needed.

However, the Arkansas Highway and Travel Department said crews will not be able to pre-treat before the weather starts.

"We're not going to be able to pre-treat in several areas because of a lot of that anticipated rain. If we were to pre-treat and you have a heavy rain, it will tend to wash off any pre-treatment you put onto the roadway," said Danny Straessle, AHTD spokesman.

The department said below freezing temperatures could make this event difficult.

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