LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE – The forecast is still on track for winter weather through the overnight hours.

The timing of the snow is Saturday morning through early Sunday morning. Rain will switch to snow gradually in the day as cold air funnels in.

Northwest Arkansas, particularly over the Ozarks, is already seeing snow as of Saturday morning. For the Little Rock metro, the change-over will not happen until this afternoon. The majority of any snow accumulation, outside of northwest Arkansas will occur during the late afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours Saturday.

The snow will be out of the state before sunrise Sunday.

Snow total estimates range widely across the state. North and northeastern Arkansas will see the most with 5 + possible. 2-5″ expected for northwest Arkansas and in parts of east Arkansas as far south as Cleveland county. Ouachita mountains could also see the higher accumulation of 2-5″. Central Arkansas could get 1-2″ of snow. South Arkansas and the Arkansas River valley will see less. with less than an inch anticipated.

The snow will be wet and heavy. Slushy roads could impact travel Saturday afternoon for north Arkansas. The biggest impact to travel for central Arkansas will be Sunday morning. This is why a winter storm warning, watch, and winter weather advisory have been issued for Saturday into early Sunday morning. Winter Weather Advisories (counties in purple) can expect 1+ inches of snow. Winter Storm Warnings (counties in white) and Winter Storm Watches (counties in blue) can expect 2-4″+ of snow.

Sunshine with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower and middle 40s by Sunday afternoon will help melt any snow we do see. By the Monday morning commute, most if not all roadways should be clear.

Be sure to check back for updates this week as adjustments are made to the forecast.

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