Pre-Christmas Weather Challenges Last Minute Shoppers

December 23, 2002
Posted at: 2:15 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A weather system that's forecast to drop snow in north Arkansas and rain in the south began its spin across the state Monday, and it's putting in place some challenging conditions for folks wrapping up their Christmas shopping.

In the words of National Weather Service meteorologist Clay Morgan -- ``It's going to be pretty miserable today, all things considered.''

Two to four inches of snow was forecast for northwest and north central Arkansas, while the extreme northeast faced the possibility of freezing rain, sleet or snow. Two inches of rain could fall in parts of south Arkansas, areas that were soaked with last week's weather severe system that brought heavy rain and tornadoes.

Winter weather advisories are posted for the state's northern tier of counties. Morgan says significant snow accumulations today and tomorrow would be from Fayetteville to Clinton and Heber Springs to north of Jonesboro. Some snow could fall as far south as the Little Rock area Tuesday, but none was expected to accumulate on the rain-soaked ground, he said.

High temperatures were forecast to be in the 40s in south Arkansas and lower than 40 in central and north Arkansas, with winds of 10 mph to 15 mph, with higher gusts.

Tuesday, in areas with accumulated snow, lows could be as chilly as 10 degrees, he said.