LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – AN UPDATE TO THIS FORECAST CAN BE FOUND, HERE.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for parts of North and Northeast Arkansas and a Winter Storm Watch for Central Arkansas Wednesday night through Thursday morning, February 10-11. Northwest Arkansas is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Part or all of the watch area may be upgraded to an ice storm warning.
Arctic air will push through Arkansas Wednesday afternoon and evening. This will drop temperatures to near and below freezing for most of the state including central Arkansas. At the same time an upper-level trough will be swinging through and produce precipitation. This will likely come in the form of freezing drizzle and eventually freezing rain as it intensifies.
Much of central and north Arkansas will deal with the freezing rain and potential for ice accumulation. South Arkansas, however, will primarily be dealing with rainfall as temperatures south will not be freezing.
It is possible that 1/4-1/2″ of ice accumulates on roads, bridges, trees, and even powerlines. This much ice is significant. Travel may be dangerous Wednesday night and Thursday morning as roads become slippery, and some power outages may occur. Widespread power outages and travel conditions will be a problem if half an inch of ice accumulates.