Wednesday was another keeper with afternoon highs over 20° above normal. Harrison, AR, came in with the warmest reading with a high of 73°, just a couple of degrees off the record.
The quiet pattern was broken this evening with storms breaking out across Western Arkansas. The storms will spread east and northeast through midnight, remaining south of the interstate. In addition, to lightning and heavy rain, there could be a few storms that produce hail and gusty winds.
The storm will also bring a shot of cold air to the Ozarks with some wraparound snow possible near and north of the interstate Thursday morning. Marginal temperatures and warm ground temperatures will likely make it tough for the snow to accumulate. That said, amounts up to 1″ are possible on grassy surfaces. A few slick spots on roads are possible too.
Temperatures look like they’ll remain stuck in the 30s all day with gusty northwest winds driving wind chills down into the 20s.
After a cold day Friday, the mild January weather pattern will resume this upcoming weekend with highs back in the upper 50s Sunday.
MLK Day will come with mild temperatures and scattered showers and thunderstorms as the next storm moves into the region.