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Rain, Snow, and Wind Advisory in the Forecast Today

As Winter Storm Izzy travels through the Midwest and heads east, portions of Southwest Arkansas might get a little winter weather, too. For now, the forecast calls for isolated showers in the early part of the day, and as the cold front moves in, precipitation could turn to a mix with snow, with a change to only snow overnight. Slight accumulations are predicted for some areas. Also, a wind advisory is in effect for the region until tomorrow.

From the National Weather Service:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of south central Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, north central Louisiana, northwest Louisiana, southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas.

DAY ONE – Today and Tonight

Isolated to scattered showers will be possible this morning across portions of Southwest Arkansas and Northcentral Louisiana, ahead of a strong cold front that will quickly move east through the region. Additional areas of rain mixed with light snow is expected to develop this afternoon over Southeast Oklahoma, extreme Northeast Texas, and Southwest Arkansas, before spreading southeast into portions of North Louisiana this evening. The wintry mix should gradually transition over to snow tonight, with some light snow accumulations possible on grassy surfaces and elevated objects, mainly over McCurtain County Oklahoma and portions of Southwest Arkansas. Snowfall accumulations ranging from a dusting to one-half inch are expected, with isolated higher amounts up to one inch possible, mainly over Northern McCurtain County Oklahoma and the northern sections of Southwest Arkansas.
This precipitation will quickly diminish from west to east across the area after midnight.

In addition, northwest winds will increase to 15-30 mph today behind the cold front, with gusts to 45 mph possible, especially across East Texas. These winds may down small limbs and blow around loose items such as trash cans,
lawn furniture, and other lightweight outdoor objects, before they gradually begin to relax tonight.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN – Sunday through Friday

Isolated to scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday along and ahead of another cold front that will move through the region. However, no hazardous weather is expected.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Activation of emergency management personnel, amateur radio operators, and storm spotters may be needed this afternoon and tonight for snowfall reports and potential impacts to bridges, overpasses, and roadways.

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SUNDAY…

  • WHAT…Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
  • WHERE…Portions of north central and northwest Louisiana,
    southeast Oklahoma and south central and southwest Arkansas.
  • WHEN…Until 6 AM CST Sunday.
  • IMPACTS…Strong winds and rough waves on area lakes will create
    hazardous conditions for small craft.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Boaters on area lakes should use extra caution since strong winds
and rough waves can overturn small craft.

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