Tuesday evening Update
Snow and rain have started to move into The Natural State, and will continue into this evening and into the overnight hours.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the counties in white until 6 AM Wednesday. The bordering counties in purple remain under a Winter Weather Advisory until Wednesday morning.
Current timing shows snow and rain continuing overnight tonight as it slowly weakens due to the dry slot. All precipitation is expected to clear the state by around 4 AM Wednesday. A few lingering flurries will be possible, however, no more accumulating snow is expected after 4 AM.
The snowfall forecast has stayed very similar to previous updates. Snowfall totals will be as high as 6-12″ in the high elevations of the Ozarks and Ouachitas in the dark blue. 3-6″ in the light blue in the Ozarks and Ouachitas. 1-3″ in most of the “advisory” area and along the AR River Valley. And on the eastern edge of the snow 1″ or less can be expected and that’s where Little Rock falls.
Tuesday Morning’s Update
A cold rain will begin to settle into Central Arkansas around Noon, Tuesday. Northwest Arkansas may start to get snow or a rain/snow mix around Noon. Click through these slides to see a progression of the rain and changeover to snow during Tuesday and Tuesday night.
Snowfall totals will be as high as 6-12″ in the high elevations of the Ozarks and Ouachitas in the dark blue. 3-6″ in the light blue in the Ozarks and Ouachitas. 1-3″ in most of the “advisory” area and along the AR River Valley. And on the eastern edge of the snow 1″ or less can be expected and that’s where Little Rock falls.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for the areas that will see the most impact and hazardous travel due to snow-covered roads that will mostly be slushy but in time may get packed down into ice. Snow totals will be highest within the “warning” area, and therefore, travel will be most impacted there Friday night and Wednesday morning. Within the Winter Weather Advisory travel will be impacted, but not to the extent it will be within the “warning.” Some snow will fall and possibly accumulate even outside the “advisory” including Little Rock and Pulaski County.
Monday Evening’s Post
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Winter has returned to Arkansas after a very mild start to the month. Some in Arkansas will see snow falling on Tuesday and Wednesday, and these snowfall totals could start to add up. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from noon Tuesday through 6am Wednesday for portions of northwest, west central and north central Arkansas. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the bordering counties.
Northwest and north central Arkansas will see the largest amounts of snow, particularly over the Ozark and Boston Mountains with the highest elevations getting up to a foot of snow. The Ouachitas could also pick up a couple inches.
Mena, Waldron, Booneville, Paris, Harrison, Mountain Home, Mountain View, Jasper, Harrison and all of northwest Arkansas are under the Winter Storm Warning. Travel will be dangerous for these areas. If you have not prepared accordingly for the the winter weather already, the deadline to do so in Tuesday morning.
The Winter Weather Advisory includes: Batesville, Heber Springs, Center Ridge, Russellville, Morrilton, De Queen, Danville and Clarksville. Around 1″-3″ of snow could fall within the advisory and travel could become hazardous.
TIMING: A cold rain is expected to move into the state from the west by late morning/ early afternoon on Tuesday. As temperatures start to cool throughout the day on Tuesday, a changeover from rain to snow is expected in northwest Arkansas and the higher elevation areas. Temperatures are expected to continue to drop Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, setting the stage for more snowfall mainly in northwest and northcentral Arkansas. By Wednesday morning, a few areas of light snow will be possible across central Arkansas, however, temperatures look to be too warm to support any major accumulations of impacts.
LOCATION: Similar to snowfall events in December, northwest Arkansas, northcentral Arkansas, and higher elevation areas such as the Ouachita Mountains will see the major impacts from the snowfall. Portions of central Arkansas, including Little Rock, Arkadelphia, and Searcy could see minor accumulations on grassy and elevated surfaces, but warm surface temperatures will limit major accumulations.
TOTALS: 6-12 inches of snow will be possible across northwest Arkansas, with around 3-6″ possible near the Ouachitas and other higher elevation areas across northwest and northcentral Arkansas. The farther south and east you go, the lesser the totals, with only a dusting to one inch possible in central and northeastern parts of the state.
Stick with the Arkansas Storm Team for the latest updates on Tuesday’s system.