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Winter Weather Returns to the Ozarks, Bringing Salt Concerns

SOUTHWEST Mo. – Winter weather returns to the Ozarks and surrounding areas, bringing with it salt concerns, slick roads and busy road crews.
SOUTHWEST Mo. – Winter weather returns to the Ozarks and surrounding areas, bringing with it salt concerns, slick roads and busy road crews.

Drivers in Arkansas are facing enough snow on Monday to create numerous accidents on the slick roadways.

Fayetteville police responded to multiple accidents back to back when the heavy snow began arriving over the weekend.

In an area a little closer, Branson is not excited to hear that there is even more snow in the near future.

Sunday, Branson got about four inches of snow. Fortunately, Monday’s sunshine helped melt a lot of it away.

Public Works leaders say when the snow began to fall on Sunday, streets became parking lots because drivers would abandon their vehicles in the road, making it hard for plows to do their work.

But that's not the biggest problem. Trying to stretch the salt supply is a major concern.

"It's hard to budget when you don't know how much material you're going to need plus a lot of the salt contractors aren't renewing any contracts or extending them at this point right now," says Keith Francis, assistant director of Public Works in Branson.

Francis says he has called three of the major salt suppliers and no one is renewing contracts.

The forecast of bad weather has a lot of cancellations are rolling in.

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Check here for school closings.


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