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Forecasters: Freezing temperatures, chance for snow predicted in Arkansas

by Brianna Kwasnik | April 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
FILE — Icicles hang from street signs when temperatures dipped below freezing in this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN)

Freeze warnings and watches are in effect for much of northern and western Arkansas overnight Tuesday, and portions of the state could see snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters predicted a chance for rain and a “dusting of snow” in grassy portions of Northwest Arkansas, according to a Tuesday morning briefing from the National Weather Service.

Following the front, subfreezing temperatures will arrive early Wednesday morning, forecasts show. Northern parts of the state will be in the 20s, while Central Arkansas will see temperatures in the 30s and southeastern parts will see temperatures in the 40s to 50s, the briefing states.

This National Weather Service graphic shows much of the northwest half of Arkansas will be under a freeze warning or watch overnight Tuesday.
This National Weather Service graphic shows much of the northwest half of Arkansas will be under a freeze warning or watch overnight Tuesday.

Forecasters cautioned residents to be mindful of their vegetation, as frost is expected across most of the state.

The high pressure coming from the north is expected to leave the state by Thursday, the briefing states. A new storm system, approaching from the southern plains, will bring rain and isolated thunderstorms through early Saturday, according to the weather service.

[ARKANSAS WEATHER: Hourly forecast + weather radar » arkansasonline.com/radar]

Rainfall will average up to an inch, while some areas of southeast Arkansas might see up to three inches, the briefing states. The remainder of the weekend, into early next week, is expected to be dry, forecasters said.

Photo by National Weather Service
A forecast map from the National Weather Service shows low temperatures expected for most of the state Wednesday as a result of a cold front.
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