Our chance for winter weather continues to exist Monday for much of Arkansas. This will be significant due to the fact we haven't had much winter this season. To put this in perspective, we've had much bigger snowfalls in Arkansas compared to what we're expecting Monday. Whatever falls and sticks to the ground will be gone by Tuesday as highs go well above freezing.
I was talking to the "WeatherNinja" Friday and he brought up a very good point. Arkansas does not see huge winter storms when the surface winds are out of the south or southeast. This usually will push warmer air into the state and change any wintry weather to plain rain. An east to northeast wind is best as it supplies us with a constant feed of cold air. We are expecting southeasterly winds as high pressure slides off to the east. While the precipitation will fall in frozen forms across the state, an eventual changeover to rain should take place from south to north as that relatively warmer air advances at the surface AND aloft. Nevertheless, with cold, dry air in place and moisture moving in Monday morning, we will deal with a period of ice and snow. Evaporative cooling will take temperatures down a few degrees once it starts precipitating, but then readings will finally pop above freezing, barely, by the afternoon. I expect some travel problems, especially on bridges and overpasses. Those problems will last longer across the north.
I will update the blog again later today. Here are a few computer model maps below...
|By 3 AM, the GFS model indicates snow moving into western Arkansas. Some of this may not reach the ground initially due to dry air. Once the atmosphere saturates, it will make it to the ground.|
|By noon, the GFS shows the snow confined to portions of central into northern Arkansas. The warmer air moving in from the south is transitioning the snow to sleet, freezing rain, and plain rain.|
|By midnight, whatever precipitation is left over is mostly rain as temperatures will be above freezing. There could still be a light mix across the north.|