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National Weather Service gives the latest on winter storm

Here is the latest on the severe winter weather occurring through the state.

…WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY…

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS
EVENING…

* WHAT: Heavy snow and dangerous wind chills.

* SNOW AMOUNTS: Snowfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches are expected…with locally higher amounts near 10 inches possible. The highest amounts will be across the northeast section of the area.

* WIND CHILLS: Wind chill values from zero to 15 below zero at times.

* WHEN: Heavy snow through this afternoon…and dangerous cold through at least Tuesday morning.

* WHERE: Northern and northeast portions of the area.

* IMPACTS: Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel…keep an extra flashlight…food…and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

BELOW FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK

DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

Snow…heavy at times…will continue for most of the area through
early this afternoon before ending from southwest to northeast by
this evening. Some sleet may mix in with the snow across southern
and southeast sections of the state. Storm total snowfall amounts
will be highest along the I-30/US-67 corridor…where 6 to 10
inches are expected. Locally higher amounts over 10 inches could
be seen. The northwest third of the area will see 4 to 8
inches…with the greater amounts in the highest terrain. The
southeast third of the area will also see accumulations of 4-8
inches…with some of this including sleet. Obviously…this
snowfall will create widespread travel hazards…with travel
discouraged.

Dangerous cold and very dangerous wind chills will also be seen
through tonight. Highs today will be in the single digits across
the north…teens in central…and low 20s across the south. With
a brisk north wind…wind chills will likely dip well below zero
for much of central…northern…and western Arkansas. Single-digit wind chills will be seen across the south.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday Through Sunday

Bitterly cold conditions will be seen Tuesday morning…with lows
below zero for the northern half and western third of the area. Single digits are expected across the south. Wind chills will
remain even colder…though the wind speeds will be lower than
seen on Monday. Highs will only manage to warm into the teens and
20s Tuesday afternoon.

A new storm system will bring another round of significant winter
weather to the region late Tuesday night through Thursday. Several
more inches of snow and sleet will be possible…with significant
travel hazards expected to continue into the latter half of the
week. More details on the exact wintry weather accumulations will
come with subsequent forecasts…but there does look like a decent
potential for accumulating wintry weather.

For statewide driving conditions, head to IDriveArkansas.com.


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