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Snow possible Sunday for parts of Arkansas

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published March 14, 2014 at 7:57 a.m.

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This screenshot from the National Weather Service website show possible snow in the forecast for Little Rock this weekend.

The National Weather Service says Arkansas could be hit again with winter precipitation as a system moves in over the weekend, bringing rain Saturday and the potential for snow Sunday.

Jeff Hood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, said the state will see thunderstorms packing significant rain Saturday. Then as the system moves east through the state, it is expected to usher in cold air and chances for snow.

Hood noted the storm on Friday was just moving onto shore on the west coast, so it's too early to say definitively how much snow it may drop or precisely where it will fall in Arkansas.

The snowfall would likely occur Sunday afternoon into evening with greater chances for accumulations in the northern third of the state.

"At this point, it's unclear if we'll see that in central parts of the state," Hood said, though he cautioned even light accumulations could stir trouble. "Anytime you're dealing with snowfall, it could potentially lead to hazardous driving conditions."

A weather balloon release later Friday will give forecasters a "better handle" on what to expect from the system, Hood added.

In Little Rock, temperatures are expected to warm up early next week. A high of 69 is forecast Tuesday.

But Hood said winter weather could still occur for some time to come.

"We had snow in parts of the state in May of last year," he said. "For the next even couple of months, we could still see these brief touches of cold air coming down ... Definitely not out of the woods yet."

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