LITTLE ROCK, AR - The National Weather Service (NWS) is advising Arkansans to prepare for the possibility of winter weather and much colder temperatures by the end of the week.
The NWS says while it's too soon to tell exactly what will happen, here's what's expected. A frontal boundary will move through the state on Wednesday, stalling out just to the south of Arkansas by Thursday. Low level moisture moving up north of the front, along with several upper level systems interacting with the boundary will allow for precipitation to become fairly widespread by late Thursday.
Much colder air will move into the state behind the front, spreading across the state on Friday and Friday night. Once the cold air moves in, it is likely that much of the state could stay below freezing for several days.
Rain is expected to transition to snow in the northwest portion of Arkansas by Friday morning. During the day Friday, precipitation over central Arkansas is expected to transition to a sleet and freezing rain mix. By the evening hours, precipitation in most areas, with the exception of the southeast, is expected to be nearly all snow. Moisture will be moving out of the region on Friday night, with precipitation diminishing and coming to an end by Saturday morning.
Precipitation is expected to develop again by Saturday night as low pressure develops in the Gulf of Mexico and several upper level systems approach the region from the southwest. Precipitation should be all snow in the northwest, with a wintry mix central and south.
Because there is a degree of uncertainty with these systems this far out, potential impacts of any winter weather are uncertain at this point.
Residents of Arkansas need to stay informed concerning this potential winter weather. Monitor the latest information, as the forecast can and likely will change to some degree between now and the end of the week.
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