A cold rain, freezing rain for a few wraps up the final hours of 2020 & begins 2021

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- 10 PM, Thursday Update– The only change to this web story is to mention the expansion of the winter weather advisory to include Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion and Stone counties. The expansion was due to a few freezing rain reports coming in from these counties.

Overall, accumulations should remain light and less than 0.25″ as temperatures warm slightly through the night.

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As 2020 comes to a close the weather pattern has become active over Arkansas. The Arkansas Storm Team is tracking a system that is bringing widespread rain and a low chance of freezing rain for some.

Precipitation continues tracking north this New Year’s Eve, with nearly all of it being a cold rain. For a handful of counties in northern Arkansas, that cold rain may create a limited glazing of ice.

While we’ve had a flash flood watch in place for much of the state today, out of an abundance of caution, our rainfall rates per hour have remained low enough as forecast to keep any flash flooding concern very isolated. This watch will expire at midnight as we ring in 2021.

When looking at rainfall totals, the same cannot be said for keeping those low.

As forecast, rainfall amounts could range from 1-5 inches across the state with the heaviest axis mainly across the south half of Arkansas with isolated amounts there possibly exceeding 5″+.

So far, our forecast has verified when you combine yesterday and today’s rainfall amounts. (See Below)

The threat of severe weather will be extremely limited during this round of unsettled weather with only a MARGINAL (5%) risk over far southeast Arkansas tonight. An isolated damaging wind gust will be the primary threat in that area.

For New Year’s Eve night. Roads will be wet in central and south Arkansas, and the threat of freezing rain will only be in parts of northwest Arkansas where the Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect. Be careful if you must travel.

You can always get the latest weather webcast here.

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