Cold Weather Over Arkansas, Snow Possible Later in Week

DECEMBER 5, 2005 - Posted at 8:54 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The first significant snowfall of the winter in Arkansas could come this week.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory that northwest Arkansas, including Fort Smith, could get as much as three inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday.  Central Arkansas could also get one to three inches if conditions are right.

Forecaster Joe Goudsward of the National Weather Service in Little Rock says he's still waiting for computer models to agree on what will happen.

Regardless of precipitation, the forecast calls for cold weather for the rest of the week, with temparatures below freezing at night.

The cold front that is approaching the state is expected to meet with a storm system that's forecast to move from the Western Gulf of Mexico, which would bring the snow chance Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

But the system from the south is not expected to bring much moisture, so snow amounts could be modest.

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