The second winter weather event of the past week is moving in this evening. Clouds thickened up throughout the day with light rain spreading in from the southwest. The rain will quickly change to snow this evening as surface temperatures cool through the 30s. The snow will continue through late evening tapering off from the southwest by midnight with flurries or drizzle possible for the remainder of the night.
Snow amounts will be light, but much of the area will see measurable snowfall with a general half an inch to 2″ expected. The higher totals will tend to be from about Mansfield northeast through Salem where totals around 2″ may be common. There will also be pockets, especially higher elevation areas of Northwest Arkansas, where 2″ are expected. The lowest amounts are expected in an alley from Joplin northeast to Hermitage where a dusting of half an inch is expected.
Gloomy weather will follow on Tuesday with cloudy skies and patchy drizzle or flurries. Clouds will thin out from the west by late afternoon, but for most of the area, it will be a cloudy day from start to finish. Temperatures will remain cold too with highs only in the upper 30s to low 40s.
Cold weather is the name of the game with the pipeline of cold air coming out of Canada pouring cold air into the Lower 48 into the weekend. There might even be another opportunity for flurries or light snow around Friday.
The cold pattern will finally moderate early next week with a storm bringing rain to the area by Thanksgiving.