The National Weather Service Tuesday issued a winter storm watch for parts of northern, western and central Arkansas. It will be in effect Thursday afternoon through Friday.
A strong cold front will move into the region late Wednesday, bringing much cooler air. An advisory says it will stall out, with several upper level weather disturbances bringing widespread precipitation.
In the Little Rock area, rain is expected to begin Thursday, gradually mixing with freezing rain Thursday night. During the day Friday that will change over to sleet. A tenth to quarter inch of ice accumulation is possible.
In northern Arkansas, snow is expected, while south Arkansas will mainly see rain.
Temperatures are forecast to drop into the upper teens Friday night, with wintry weather possible throughout the weekend before clearing out Monday.