We have two blasts of brutally cold air in the forecast. The first arrives tonight with strong northwesterly winds. It's nothing we haven't already experienced this winter, but it's going to get your attention especially after highs today around 50 degrees. Wind chill values will drop into the single digits and teens Thursday as well. There could even be a few areas of light snow Thursday across northern and eastern Arkansas. I'm not going to rule it out in central areas as well. This will not be anything significant as the bigger story will be the cold air. An inch may fall across the north, especially in the higher elevations.
An even bigger blast of cold air will arrive early next week and that one could also arrive with a wintry mix across the northern half of the state. I know the kids want to extend their Christmas break (parents probably don't). I may have to bring back the SCHOOL:CON index soon. Even though some wintry weather is possible, once again the bigger story will be the bitterly cold air. Highs may not get above freezing for a couple days with wind chill values BELOW zero! This COULD be the coldest air so far this winter season so consider yourself warned. Once again, the models underestimate arctic air. There's always the chance in these situations that it's colder than what the data advertises. Check out the maps below from weatherbell.com
|The Euro snowfall for Thursday morning. Small amounts possible across the north.|
|Euro snow for Sunday PM into Monday morning. A little more significant and some of it could come further south. But the bigger story will be the cold and wind.|
|By Wednesday morning, below zero wind chill values will be possible across much of the state. Again, this could be overdone a little, but we need to prepare.|