While North Arkansas is expected to get hammered with snow on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service said Monday that Southeast Arkansas, including Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, should be spared from the brunt of the storm.
Meteorologist Julie Lesko said Monday that “no significant amounts of snow are expected” in Southeast Arkansas as a result of the storm.
Lesko said a storm system in Texas is expected to move into Northern Louisiana and Northern Mississippi on Tuesday, and a winter storm warning has been issued for Northern Arkansas, where three to six inches of snow are possible. Totals of six to 10 inches are possible for higher elevations.
The Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Central Arkansas, including the Little Rock area, and snow levels of two to four inches are possible before the storm system exits the state on Wednesday.
Lesko said no weather advisories have been issued for Southeast Arkansas but a special weather statement Monday said snow is expected to mix with rainfall late Christmas afternoon and into the early evening, creating the possibility of hazardous driving conditions. Snowfall amounts are not expected to be significant enough to require a storm watch or warning, according to the weather service.
“We’re going to do what we always do,” Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb said. “We’ve got our sand trucks ready but right now it’s a wait and see situation.
“If we get any reports we will go ahead and move on it and will coordinate with OEM (Office of Emergency Management),” Holcomb said. “If people would just remember that they can’t drive like they normally do when we get ice and snow we would have a lot less problems.”
Temperatures in the 40s are expected on Christmas Day before falling as the storm system moves through the state, and on Wednesday, temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 20s to mid-30s.
A weaker storm system is expected to approach Arkansas on Thursday night, and result in another chance of snow in the northern part of the state, with light freezing rain or sleet further south.
Low temperatures by Friday morning will be subfreezing but will gradually warm during the day.