Forecasters are predicting a round of freezing precipitation for Arkansas this weekend, though the northern half of the state will likely see the most ice. Jeff Hood, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said a cold front will begin entering Arkansas from the northwest late Saturday, bringing with it a chance of freezing rain and sleet and thunderstorms farther south.
“The storm system that brings this precipitation will be moving over the state during the day on Sunday and that cold air will continue to spill in to parts of the state as that cold front advances during the day on Sunday as well,” said Hood.
He expects temperatures to drop below freezing for much of the region throughout the day Sunday. “Sunday Morning may start out mild across central and southern parts of the state but by Sunday night much colder air will be felt across the area,” he said.
The cold air will bring with it a chance of freezing rain and sleet and thunderstorms farther south.
“We could see ice as far as...the middle band across Arkansas from Mena to the Little Rock area, eastward to the Helena area over there towards the Mississippi south of Memphis,” he said.
“As far south as central Arkansas could see some freezing rain and possibly some sleet as well. It just all depends on the timing of the cold air and where the moisture is in place when that cold air gets here.”
Hood says the strongest likelihood of ice and sleet in the Central region will be on Sunday night.