The National Weather Service in Little Rock
just issued a forecast which calls for heavy rains Thursday which will turn into a "wintry mix" of freezing rain, sleet and snow
in northwest Arkansas
as a cold front moves through late Friday.
Another band — which may impact Central Arkansas — is predicted to move through Sunday night and Monday morning.
In both cases, North Arkansas is forecast to get the brunt of it, but meteorologist John Robinson with NWS Little Rock
said that Central Arkansas may catch the tail of the Sunday night winter weather, depending on the temperature. While it probably won't constitute an ice storm, he said, it might lead to some slippery driving conditions. Ladies and Gentlemen, you may begin your mad rush to Kroger.
Read Robinson's full dispatch on the jump...
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10:35 AM
Arkansas is in for a period of wet weather, beginning in some areas tonight, then increasing from Thursday into Friday, and finally moving out on Saturday. Severe thunderstorms are unlikely. Rainfall amounts will average 3/4 to 1 3/4 inches. There will likely be some totals exceeding 2 inches in the western part of the state.
As colder air makes its way into the state on Friday, northwest Arkansas could see a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet, and perhaps a little snow, from late Friday afternoon on into the overnight hours. A rain/sleet mix would not be out of the question in parts of north central Arkansas and the higher elevations of the Ouachita Mountains.
Cold air will linger through the first part of next week, and moisture will return before the cold air exits.
From Sunday night into Monday morning, it appears that there will be a wintry mix in the state. Northern Arkansas looks to be the most favored area, but central Arkansas could be included as well, depending on temperatures at the time. Freezing rain and sleet look to be the most likely forms of precipitation. This is still a long way off and there will undoubtedly be some changes to the forecast by the time the first part of next week rolls around. At this point, it does not look like there would be enough ice to constitute an ice storm. However, there appears to be a pretty high probability that the season's first Winter Weather Advisories could be required due to slippery driving conditions.
I will issue the next message around 10:30 AM Thursday.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service, Little Rock