Winter weather expected by end of the week

Weather conditions for December have been comparatively mild thus far. However, according the, a change in the weather is expected later this week.
The following statement has been posted for Saline County at the website.
"Arkansans are advised to prepare for the possibility of winter weather and much colder temperatures by the end of the week. A frontal boundary will move close to the state on Wednesday, stalling out just to the south of Arkansas by Thursday.
Low level moisture moving up north of the front, along with several upper level systems interacting with the boundary, will allow for precipitation to become fairly widespread by late Thursday.
Much colder air will move into the state behind the front, spreading across the state on Friday and Friday night. Once the cold air moves in, it is likely that much of the state could stay below freezing for several days.
Rain is expected to transition to snow in the northwest portion of Arkansas by Friday morning. During the day Friday, precipitation over central Arkansas is expected to transition to a sleet and freezing rain mix.
By the evening hours, precipitation in most areas, with the exception of the southeast, is expected to be nearly all snow. Moisture will be moving out of the region by Friday night, with precipitation diminishing and coming to an end by Saturday morning.
Precipitation is expected to develop again by Saturday night, as low pressure develops in the gulf of Mexico, and severe upper level systems approach the region from the southwest. Precipitation should be all snow in the northwest, with a wintry mix central and south.
Because there is a degree of uncertainty with these systems this far out, potential impacts of any winter weather are uncertain at this point. Residents of Arkansas need to stay informed concerning this potential winter weather. Monitor the latest information as the forecast can and likely will change to some degree between now and the end of the week."

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