In summary, this will be light and quick moving. I also want to stress, this will be nothing like Sunday night. However, remember, just a little snow/ice can cause slick spots, but it might be tough to distinguish any new slick spots with the ones from last Sunday. LOL. If anything changes, and it always can, I'll let you know.
We've been saying it's a "winter to remember". I don't think anyone can argue with that! Before I get into the wintry weather chances tonight, I want to go back and discuss "SleetPolocolypse".
I said no snow/ice forecast is perfect. I'm going to be completely honest with you. I thought the changeover to sleet in Little Rock would occur around 5-6PM Sunday. I was getting BLASTED on twitter people calling my forecast "hype" and we got the forecast wrong. I WAS SWEATING IT OUT FOR SURE! The change to sleet finally happened around 7:30 in Little Rock. It seemed like that rain/sleet line held around Mayflower to Sherwood to Cabot for the longest time. But when the sleet came, it came gangbusters. Anyway, like I said, the forecast wasn't perfect, but it was pretty darn close!
I'm truly amazed ice is still on the ground. Usually when we get wintry weather in March, it melts quickly due to the higher sun angle. That hasn't been the case so far. While the main roads did show remarkable improvement during the day, they are refreezing at night and the side roads still have plenty of ice patches on them.
The records we're breaking are astounding. Monday's high of 28 degrees was the coldest March high temperature in Little Rock weather history and that dates back to the 1870s. That 28 degree high happened at midnight. We never got above 25 Monday afternoon. Truly amazing! This will likely end up being one of my top 10 weather events of 2014.
Here's another record the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock tweeted today... " At Little Rock there have been 2 consecutive days w/temps at or below freezing this month, tying 3/1-2/1922 for the most ever in March"
Now onto the wintry weather chances tonight. This will be NOTHING like last Sunday. This potent disturbance coming through will produce some precipitation, but most of this will be light and only some of it will fall in the form of frozen precipitation. Also, it's fast moving so it will only affect us for a few short hours. I'm going to use the GFS from weatherbell.com
|Between midnight and 6 AM, the upper disturbance should crank out a little light snow across SW and central AR with rain further south and east. AGAIN, THIS WILL BE LIGHT AND NOT AMOUNT TO MUCH IF ANYTHING.|
|Between 6AM and noon, it's moving away and temperatures are above freezing so any lingering precip is falling as light rain showers.|