Winter Storm Watch Portions Of For Arkansas

Published 12/03 2013 04:18AM

Updated 12/03 2013 04:20AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon for these counties in Arkansas:

Clark, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Garland, Hot Spring, Independence, Jackson, Lonoke, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Saline, Sharp, White.

A strong cold front will move through the region on Wednesday, stalling out near southern Arkansas by Wednesday night. Behind the front, much colder air will move into the state.

At the same time, several upper level systems will move through and interact with the boundary with precipitation becoming widespread during the day Thursday. The cold air will gradually move into the region late Thursday into Friday...with freezing rain...sleet...and snow becoming likely.

Rain will mix with and gradually change to freezing rain Thursday night. During the day Friday, the freezing rain is expected to mix with and gradually change over to sleet.

As subfreezing air advances into the region...precipitation is expected to transition during the overnight hours Thursday night.

Ice accumulations of one tenth to one quarter of an  inch will be possible...with less than an inch of sleet.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet.. or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

(National Weather Service, Little Rock)

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