Dangerous cold with snow returning on Sunday

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.

Wind chill advisories are in effect through Tuesday(KY3)
Winter weather warnings and winter storm warnings will take us into Monday
Winter weather warnings and winter storm warnings will take us into Monday(KY3)

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.

Snow will move in Sunday afternoon
Snow will move in Sunday afternoon(KY3)
Snow fell in the southern half of the Ozarks Sunday afternoon
Snow fell in the southern half of the Ozarks Sunday afternoon(KY3)
Snow is falling in northern Arkansas Sunday evening
Snow is falling in northern Arkansas Sunday evening(KY3)

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.

Snow showers in the northern half of the Ozarks on Monday
Snow showers in the northern half of the Ozarks on Monday(KY3)
Total snow accumulation Sunday through Monday
Total snow accumulation Sunday through Monday(KY3)

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.

Lows near or below zero Sunday morning
Lows near or below zero Sunday morning(KY3)
Single numbers to around 10 degrees Sunday afternoon
Single numbers to around 10 degrees Sunday afternoon(KY3)

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.

Lows near zero Monday morning
Lows near zero Monday morning(KY3)
Highs are in the lower to middle teens on Monday
Highs are in the lower to middle teens on Monday(KY3)

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.

Wind chills between -30 degrees and -15 degrees Sunday morning
Wind chills between -30 degrees and -15 degrees Sunday morning(KY3)
Wind chills between -20 degrees and -10 degrees Monday morning
Wind chills between -20 degrees and -10 degrees Monday morning(KY3)

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.

Do a quick warm-up midweek before landing again
Do a quick warm-up midweek before landing again(KY3)

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.

Another blow of cold air next weekend
Another blow of cold air next weekend(KY3)

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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