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A major winter storm will bring ice to parts of Arkansas tonight into Thursday. Significant ice accumulations are likely in some spots
A storm system will bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of the State through Thursday. An ice storm warning is in effect for parts of North Central Arkansas mainly North of I-40 for tonight into Thursday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for parts of Central Arkansas including Pulaski, Saline, Garland, Faulkner and White Counties.


A mix of light snow and sleet and freezing rain will continue to move through Western and Central Arkansas during the early afternoon hours.
Below is the forecast radar for 2pm today showing a mix of sleet and snow moving across Central Arkansas. Notice temperatures will generally be above freezing,


Accumulations will be minor, but some slippery spots are possible. The first band of precipitation will diminish by late afternoon, but will increase again late this evening with mainly rain Southern Arkansas, a mix of freezing rain and rain Central Arkansas with primarily freezing rain Northern Arkansas. 


A freezing rain and snow mix is likely close to the Missouri border, with freezing rain for Northern and parts of Central Arkansas through Thursday morning.



 Rain and freezing rain will transition to mainly rain by Thursday afternoon, although a few spots over Northern Arkansas may remain freezing rain.



Significant ice accumulations over half an inch are possible in the warning area. This is enough to cause damage to tree limbs and power lines, as well as cause travel problems. Below is the computer projected ice accumulations through Thursday evening. 



Power outages are likely across much of North Central Arkansas, mainly North of I-40. South of I-40, ice accumulations will be less, but some glazing of trees and power lines is possible. Bridges and overpasses may be icy Thursday morning.  Exact temperatures over Central Arkansas will be critical in determining how much ice accumulates. A difference of even a degree or two will make the difference between significant icing or just cold rain. Rain will come to an end Thursday night with milder temperatures for the end of the week.
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