Update: Traffic now moving in both directions on I-30

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    Video: I-30 conditions: Monday

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    If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to leave. In addition, check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

    • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
    • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
    • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
    • Tires - make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
    • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
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  • UPDATE -- Arkansas State Troopers on patrol along Interstate 30 in Saline County report for the first time Monday that traffic is moving in both directions.

    However, the flow of traffic is slow and travel will become more dangerous through this area as temperatures continue to drop Monday night.

    Sunday evening an unknown number of large commercial carrier trucks had become jackknifed along I-30 in Saline and Hot Spring County causing drivers of cars and trucks to become stranded.

    Presently the worst stretch of I-30 where motorists have stalled is near the Caddo Valley area at the 78 mile marker in Clark County.  Highway & Transportation Department crews are attempting to remove ice that has coated the eastbound lanes of traffic.

    In east Arkansas along I-40 traffic is reported to be moving only hindered by ice covered bridges.

    Along the western end of I-40 and north along I-540, State Troopers report traffic is moving but caution drivers of isolated icy spots in the highway that are beginning to develop.

    There are no reports of problems along I-530 into Pine Bluff.

    State Troopers along I-30 in southwest Arkansas report traffic is moving, but slowly due to ice that has begun to form in the snow ruts.

    You can track the winter weather moving in using our LiveView Interactive Radar or go to our mobile version for Arkansas weather.

    You can also find all of the latest temperatures and THVideo Weathercasts on our THV Weather homepage.

    Expecting somebody on a flight? Use the LR National Airport's flight tracker.

    You can also get the latest information sent to your cell phone through text alerts. The service is free but standard text rates apply.

    To check road conditions, you can call the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department at 1-800-245-1672.

    Entergy Arkansas is preparing for winter weather. The Entergy Arkansas Storm Center website has more tips and an power outage map.

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    Stay tuned to Today's THV for the latest weather developments. Follow us on todaysthv Twitter and search for #arwx for all Arkansas weather tweets. We'll also be updating our Today's THV Facebook page.

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