Your Weather Briefing for Northwest Arkansas
Weather Briefing Last Update: 4:00 p.m. cst Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It was a dark and dreary day over northwest Arkansas as temperatures warmed into the 40s, as low pressure spun over the Texas Panhandle. For tonight, look for continued cloud cover as an upper level disturbance approaches from the west. This feature will have little moisture to work with, however, some drizzle and light rain showers are expected. Several locations should experience some measurable rainfall, averaging to around one tenth of an inch or less. Continued cloud cover and some rain showers will persist into Thursday morning, tapering off during the mid-day hours. Look for high temperatures to be generally in the morning hours, with steady or slowly falling temperatures during the day Thursday.

Cloud cover will continue during the day Friday as a stronger system approaches, with the initial rain expected to hold off until the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be warmer on Friday in advance of the storm system as the winds increase out of the south. The forecast then becomes increasingly tricky as we move into late Friday night and into Saturday as cold air surges into northwest Arkansas behind the arctic cold front.

It continues to look like most of the area will see rain with a transition to snow, although there still looks like there could be a narrow buffer time frame when freezing rain and-or sleet could be possible. Accumulations of either freezing rain and-or sleet will be negligible with snow now looking to dominate in the wintry precipitation department. For now, will go with around 2 inches, or less, of snow given the difficulty in pinpointing where any snow band might set up. Precipitation remains likely to move out by early Saturday evening.

With regards to the expected cold temperatures, this airmass does not appear as cold as previous models had suggested. The Arctic air will get shunted to the east, however, the likelihood of single digit wind chills late Saturday night and early Sunday morning remains high.

There will be a brief warm-up early next week immediately ahead of the next weather system set to move through Tuesday or thereafter. This system could also bring more wintry precipitation to northwest Arkansas.

...This Day in Weather History...

In 1888, arctic air across northwest Arkansas brought lows down to the single digits to near zero. Eureka Springs, in Carroll county fell to -8 degrees.


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