Dangerous cold with snow returning on Sunday
Good Saturday evening everyone. Arctic air arrived today and kept us well below normal across the Ozarks. After single-digit lows this morning, highs only reached the upper teens to around 20 degrees this afternoon. Looking ahead, we have the first weather days of alert for Sunday and Monday with wind chill alerts, winter storm warnings and winter weather warnings on the board.
With pressure rising, we’re sure to stay cool as another disturbance quickly emerges from the Pacific Northwest, which will ensure snow in our next rounds of rain on Sunday and Monday. After a dry night with partly cloudy skies giving way to mostly clear skies at times, we will see clouds thickening after sunrise. Between 10 p.m. Sunday, areas along and west of U.S. 65 will see snow fall first. Between noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, areas along and south of the U.S. 60’s will experience periods of moderate to heavy snow at times. By early Sunday evening, there should be chances of snow in northern Arkansas before it dries out by 9 or 10 Sunday evening.
After a quiet Sunday night and early start to Monday morning, additional snow showers are expected to pass through the Ozarks along and north of U.S. Highway 60 from mid-morning through Monday afternoon. By 6pm Monday, the snow showers should be gone from here. Overall, we think the northern Ozarks will have a range of snow amounts from Monday’s snow between a trace of up to 2 inches on the upper end. Areas in the blue of snow Sunday and Monday should see totals between 1 to 3 inches. Snow totals expected for northern Arkansas should reach between 3 and 5 inches with higher amounts possible locally.
With the rest of next week dry, let’s talk temperatures. Lows tonight will drop to the mid-single digits below zero to around zero degrees at sunrise. We stay cool for the afternoon with highs mainly between 5 degrees and 10 degrees across the region.
Monday may show a slight rise to the upside, but the numbers will remain cool. Lows will be near 0 degrees Monday morning with highs in the lower to mid teens in the afternoon.
The first weather alert days are Sunday and Monday due to dangerous wind gusts, especially in the morning. These numbers could range between -30 degrees and -15 degrees Sunday morning with wind chills at around 0 degrees throughout the day. The weather will remain cold Monday morning with chills between -15° and -5° improving to almost zero in the afternoon.
After another cold Tuesday with temperatures dropping below zero and highs in the mid teens, a welcome warm spell will come by midweek. We’ll be back in the middle and upper 30s on Wednesday and Thursday. However, look for a drop back into the 20s on Friday.
This drop by the end of next week will be due to another cold front and the upper level low pulling in another wave of cold air.
After lows in the teens and highs in the mid 20s on Friday, we look dry as we stay cool into the upcoming weekend. However, lows will drop to the mid-single digits for both Saturday and Sunday morning. Saturday could reach highs in the teens before returning to 30 degrees on Sunday. By the 21st and 22nd, we are looking at highs near 40 degrees as we work toward the end of the month.
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