Winter Weather Expected in Arkansas Wednesday and Thursday

Winter weather is expected to roll through Arkansas Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, a mixture of light rain, snow, and sleet is predicted from the Ouachita Mountains into Central Arkansas. The area includes areas north and west of Mena, Little Rock, and Harrison. Some minor snow accumulations are possible.

Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing on Wednesday afternoon keeping roadways largely wet.

"This is going to be a major winter storm for parts of the state especially north of Interstate 40," said Fox16 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Baskin. "The problem will be Wednesday night going into Thursday."

Additional rainfall is expected Wednesday night into Thursday. A winter storm watch has been posted north of Clarksville, Conway, and Searcy. The National Weather Service predicts ice accumulations from a quarter to half inch in the watch area. This could lead to treacherous road conditions and widespread power outages.

"If you live in a county under a winter storm watch you need to prepare for a possible significant ice event that will mainly begin Wednesday night and continue into Thursday," said Fox16 Meteorologist Greg Dee. "Some light winter precipitation is possible Wednesday in central Arkansas but that will not be the main event and is more likely to be snow/sleet than freezing rain. If you are in a winter storm watch, be prepared for power outages that may last for an extended period of time."

Outside of the watch area, rain and scattered thunderstorms are likely. It's always possible temperatures could dip outside the watch area leading to hazardous conditions elsewhere.

Click here to track the winter storm on Fox16's Interactive Radar.

Places under winter storm watches right now need to prepare for a significant ice event, including possible long term power outages. #ARWX

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