Snowfall Should Begin Around Midnight

December 11, 2003 - Posted at 3:42 p.m. CDT, updated at 1:46 p.m. CDT on December 12

JONESBORO, AR - The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a winter storm watch for much of Region 8, effective at midnight tonight and continuing until noon tomorrow.

The NWS reports that snow is likely across extreme northeast Arkansas Friday night and into Saturday with heavy amounts possible.  "We should begin seeing snow, and possibly a lit bit of sleet in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri counties around midnight, or a little after," said K8 Storm Team meteorologist Shane Carter.  "We might see a little rain tomorrow, but the temperature should be above freezing by then."

Low pressure will track along the Gulf Coast  tonight and Saturday.  Meanwhile, cold air will be in place across northeast Arkansas.  The result will be snow in parts of the region.  At this time, the heaviest amounts are expected in Clay, Greene, Lawrence and Randolph counties, with between three to five inches of snowfall possible.  The heaviest snow will fall between midnight tonight and noon Saturday.  The potential exists for significant snow accumalation.

Presently, Arkansas counties in Region 8 effected include Clay, Cleburne, Greene, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Sharp, and Stone.  In Missouri, Butler, Carter, Howell, Oregon, Ripley, and Stoddard.

A winter storm watch is issued when severe winter weather is possible, but not imminent.  Future driving and walking conditions may become hazardous, so it is important to monitor the latest forecasts.  The K8 Storm Team meteorologists will track the situation and have the latest information as it becomes available.