If all goes according to what forecasters are predicting for today into Thursday, Faulkner County could see 2 to 5 inches of sleet and snow.
National Weather Service models have shifted throughout the past few days in terms of how much wintry precipitation could fall in the area, though one thing remains a common denominator in all predictions – a mix of snow and sleet.
Faulkner County remains under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the NWS. Rain showers began Tuesday night are set to continue through 3 p.m. today. Tuesday’s low was in the lower 40s.
Today’s high of 45 will quickly drop into the upper 20s by 5 p.m., with north/northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph.
Below-freezing temperatures will arrive in Faulkner County between 1-4 p.m., with the changeover to snow complete by 9 p.m. today.
Ice accumulations of between .10 and .25 inches are possible in the county before the switch in precipitation.
The changeover in central Arkansas will occur much earlier than southern portions of the state, where temperatures are expected to remain above freezing for much of the daytime hours. Significant ice up to about 2 inches in accumulation is predicted in the southern region as a result of the freezing rain.
Once the switchover occurs in Faulkner County, snow will continue to fall until about 7 a.m. Thursday, likely impacting school attendance and road travel.
Thursday’s high will be in the lower 30s, with north winds of 5 to 10 mph.
The low on Thursday will be in the lower teens.
The extended outlook favors a warmup with no wintry weather in the forecast.
Northern portions of the state are expected to receive the brunt of the winter weather, with between 5-8 inches in the forecast, especially in cities such as Mountain Home, Harrison and Jonesboro.
The Log Cabin Democrat will have updates as winter weather impacts the county.
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