A winter storm that has areas of the eastern United States bracing for several inches of snow this weekend could also drop snow in Arkansas.
The system is expected to unleash rain on Thursday night around the state, possibly shifting to snow by Friday. Meteorologist Joe Goudsward with the National Weather Service says computer models show the storm to be taking a path veering south and east.
“It looks like the main impacts of this storm will be over Southeast Arkansas...from Camden to Pine Bluff to Memphis,” Goudsward says. “That doesn't mean areas north of that line are not going to see any wintry precipitation. We're just thinking the greatest impacts are going to be along and south of that line at this point.”
Goudsward says the storm system will start by dropping rain late Thursday that could switch to snow by early Friday. Southeast Arkansas could possibly see several inches of snow with a wintry mix forecast in the Little Rock area. Points farther north could also see snow.
“The system would pull out fairly quickly Friday morning, definitely east of the area by noon. Temperatures over the weekend are warming up so I wouldn't expect the snow to be sticking around too long,” he says.
But Goudsward notes that computer models have shown inconsistent results and the forecast is subject to change. Above-freezing temperatures are forecast for the weekend.