Arkansans can expect a mix of wintry precipitation starting Saturday night, a national weather service meteorologist said in a statement. Snow should fall in north and west central parts of the state beginning Sunday afternoon.
John Robinson, the service's warning coordination meteorologist in Little Rock, said "patchy" freezing rain and sleet is expected to fall in northern Arkansas beginning Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Rain "maybe mixed with a little sleet" will drop in the southern half of the state.
About 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected to fall across west central Arkansas and up toward northern areas, with up to 6 inches possible for some areas in higher terrain, according to Robinson.
"Needless to say, there are going to be hazardous driving conditions over a good part of the state," he said.
Temperatures will drop to the mid 20s on Monday morning in central Arkansas, forecasters said.
"So, where wind does not dry the pavement after precipitation ends, icy places can be expected on Monday morning," Robinson said.
Freezing rain and sleet is expected again in the northern half of the state late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, he said. Southern Arkansas should receive cold rain and all precipitation should leave the state Tuesday.