Monday, 9 a.m., Update – Pat Walker
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Mild temperatures to start the week will start being replaced with another burst of Arctic Air Wednesday. The entire state will turn cold Wednesday, but by the end of Thursday it is possible all of Arkansas will be below freezing with much of the state under a blanket of ice and snow.

Rain showers are expected Tuesday, but temperatures will still be mild. The second system of the week, entering NWA Wednesday morning will be the Winter Storm. As cold arctic air hugging the surface enters North Arkansas Wednesday, precipitation that falls as snow will fall into a melting layer about 5,000′ thick starting about 1600′ above the surface. This will cause the snow to melt, but as it enters the cold air near the surface it will start to drop below freezing again, but not turn into an ice pellet (sleet) because it will not have enough time. So, it will fall as freezing rain in North and NW Arkansas Wednesday.

In time, the melting layer in North AR will shrink and that will allow an eventual changeover to sleet from freezing rain as we enter Wednesday evening. At that time road conditions will begin to deteriorate in North AR. During this time Central and South AR will continue to have mild air, and therefore only rain is expected in these areas through Wednesday.

Going into Thursday, North AR will start to transition to all sleet and eventually snow in the northern most parts and higher elevations as the melting layer shrinks even more and is eroded for some. As the cold air reaches the surface in Central AR, rain will likely change over to freezing rain during the day Thursday.

Central AR will likely start Thursday with wet roads, but my likely finish Thursday with icy roads. Travel may become very difficult Thursday afternoon in Central AR and Thursday night in South AR as freezing rain may reach deep into South AR.

Temperatures are expected to remain very cold and possibly below freezing for much of the state through Friday. So, travel may be very difficult for much of Arkansas until the weekend when the sun returns and temperatures start to warm ever so slowly.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday in Oklahoma, Missouri, and two NWA counties — Benton & Carroll. More watches/advisories/warnings can be anticipated over the next few days.

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Wednesday, January 26 Post
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Colder weather has returned this week. On Wednesday evening there will be a weak disturbance moving through Arkansas. Based on the latest data, there might be a small amount of moisture to work with but don’t get your hopes up.

While some moisture may exist as this disturbance swings across the state, there is a considerable about of dry air that it will have to fight with.

Snow does not like dry air. As snow falls in a layer of dry air, it evaporates. That is what is expected to happen.

At this time, we cannot rule out some flurries trying to overcome the thick layer of dry air and make it to the surface but accumulation of any concern is highly unlikely. Best case scenario, a dusting here and there across the high elevations of the Ozarks.

This disturbance will be out of Arkansas before sunrise Thursday morning.

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