1:30 PM Tuesday update... As the clouds have cleared out, you can clearly see the snow with the visible satellite imagery. This is a snapshot from thousands of miles in space. Look at the snow on the ground in northeast Texas into southwest Arkansas. The little black holes in that white area are lakes. You can see the snow in eastern Arkansas as well and the rivers running through that area of the state look black. The white river is visible as it runs towards the Mississippi. There are also snow fields in northern Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. This is important because our winds are coming from that direction. This will help keep temperatures cold as long as there is a northerly component to the wind going over those snow fields. Most of what you see in MS, AL, and TN are clouds. I thought this was interesting and wanted to share it with you.
|Visible Satellite imagery Tuesday|
We're about to plunge into an even deeper freeze throughout the state and it's possible to reach levels not seen in Little Rock since the mid 1990s. To be specific, the last time Little Rock dropped to single digit lows was Feb. 4, 1996. We hit 5 degrees that morning.
More on that in a little bit. Once again, we all need to thanks the WeatherNinja and Eric Hopkins for the live streaming video all day Sunday. They put hundreds of miles on their car and drove for more than 16 hours to bring us LIVE streaming video of the snow moving into the state.
I took my son Blake sledding for the first time. I have to admit, I felt like a kid again. He absolutely loved it and I wanted to share a video with you, then we'll talk about the cold air.
Remember, what I have always said about the necessary ingredients for single digit lows at the Little Rock airport. You need clear skies, no wind, and snow cover. By Wednesday morning, we'll have 2 out of 3: clear skies and snow cover. The winds should stay up just enough to allow temperatures to bottom out around 12-15 degrees. Outlying areas COULD drop into the single digits. Wind chill values will be brutal and a wind chill advisory is in effect for northern Arkansas.
Thursday morning is the time to watch for single digit lows. It's possible to have all three ingredients. As of Tuesday morning, the two major short term computer models show a low of 12 and 16 degrees. It will be close. Have your thermometers ready and report your lows and location in the comment section. STAY WARM AND SAFE EVERYONE!