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BREAKING: Winter weather causing major traffic issues


The winter weather conditions are causing traffic headaches throughout Independence County. Authorities urge drivers to stay home if possible. Four-wheel drive vehicles and tractor-trailer rigs are even having issues in the wintry mix, according to scanner traffic.

For a complete list of closings and cancellations, please refresh the White River Now Facebook page (below).


Earlier, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens was urging drivers to avoid traveling on Highway 25 (Heber Springs Road) in the Brock Mountain area if possible. 

Stephens reported to White River Now’s Gary Bridgman this afternoon that approximately 30 vehicles were stalled on the mountain due to the conditions. At one point, the highway was completely shut down to traffic. (It has re-opened as of 7:30 p.m., according to Stephens.)

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