NOTICE: WINTER STORM WATCH ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THURSDAY NIGHT
The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Northern, Western and portions of Central Arkansas, including Saline County, for Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.
A strong cold from 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, severe 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 area, precipitation is expected to transition during the overnight hours Thursday night.
Ice accumulation 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.
The warning is from 6 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.