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Multiple bouts of winter weather in Arkansas forecast

Posted: January 31, 2014 - 9:08am

More than one opportunity for wintry weather is expected in the next seven days in Arkansas, the National Weather Service said Friday.

While areas of light freezing rain or sleet could be seen in extreme northern Arkansas on Friday morning, the first round of wintry weather expected to affect most of the state comes Sunday.

In the morning hours, a mix of rain, sleet and snow is expected to develop in northern Arkansas. Throughout Sunday, meteorologist John Robinson said northern Arkansas should see some snow accumulation as temperatures fall.

In central Arkansas, areas are expected to see a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. In southern Arkansas, precipitation is expected to be rain with some sleet mixed with it, Robinson said.

The first round of winter weather should bring some hazardous driving conditions, especially in northern Arkansas, but possibly extending into central Arkansas. All precipitation is expected to move out of the state by sunrise Monday before another system moves in late Monday night.

Robinson called the second round an “icy scenario with hazardous driving conditions” in northern Arkansas that could also affect central Arkansas. Freezing rain and sleet is the precipitation expected with the storm.

Through Tuesday, total precipitation amounts — including rain and melted ice and snow — should fall between 1/2-inch and 1 1/2 inches. The smallest amounts are expected in northwest Arkansas.

From late Thursday into next Friday, another chance of winter weather is expected. Robinson said current models show the system bringing snow to the north part of the state, snow or sleet in central Arkansas and rain, freezing rain or sleet in the south. Bad driving conditions could cover a large part of the state if current models hold, Robinson said.

“Of course, timing of precipitation and precipitation types are subject to change, especially as we get further out in time,” Robinson said. “The overall message, though, is to keep up with the weather in Arkansas as we go through the next week.”

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)

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