A Cold Weekend

Michael HookArkansas WeatherLeave a Comment

Some winter weather visited the state overnight and the forecast was pretty much spot on as far as the timing for central Arkansas with a transition to freezing rain around midnight and about a 2 hour or so window for light freezing rain and sleet to fall. I even had snow flurries at my house in Sherwood from 3:30 – 4:30 am.

Radar and temperatures at 4:30 AM 1/12/18

The brunt of the winter weather was seen in northern, eastern and parts of southern Arkansas. As of 5:00 AM, the majority of this winter weather is occurring in the eastern sections of the state and will continue to push east with the storm system.

I had a light coating of ice on my car and other exposed surfaces around my house and saw the same on my drive into Maumelle, although I saw less ice as I drove west through the LR Metro this morning. Temperatures at 5;00 were in the teens and 20s with a couple of locations in SE AR still hanging on to 20 degrees.

Freezing rain and sleet seemed to be the dominant winter precipitation type with just a brief changeover to snow on the western end.

The storm system will continue moving east today with precipitation ending this morning over the east and clouds decreasing through the day. Gusty winds will be felt this morning but should back off a bit by this afternoon. Highs will be in the 30s across the state so most areas that saw sleet/snow covering the ground will see some melting. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the teens and 20s.

Mostly to partly sunny skies will be seen over the weekend with colder temperatures. A weak disturbance will move through on Sunday and could generate a few snow flurries but nothing major and mainly some cloudiness. Highs will be in the 30s with lows in the teens and 20s.

A brief warm-up will be seen on Monday before an arctic front moves through Monday night. This front won’t have much moisture to work with but there could be some light snow Monday night. I noticed the EURO had around 1/2 of snow accumulation for Little Rock by early Tuesday morning but that doesn’t look likely and other models don’t show that. What will be seen is much colder temperatures with highs on Tuesday only in the teens and 20s with lows dropping into the single digits and teens again.

The next system will approach Thursday and this one could bring another round of light winter weather. It’s too early to say if there will be any impacts and so we’ll just keep watching data as we get into next week.

The anticipated warm-up looks to be delayed until next weekend when warmer air and rain chances show up again. Stay tuned…

Have a great Friday.


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