Winter weather is in our forecast, depending on where you look, the Texarkana area could see anywhere from 8 to 10 inches of accumulation and some of the coldest temperatures in decades over the next week. Here is how it starts, with a Winter Storm Watch, that will most likely become a warning.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport, LA. has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from Midnight tonight through Monday at 6:00 pm. The cold temps are coming in and a significant winter storm is expected to impact the entire Four State Region with a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain Sunday into Monday. However, before the worst of the storm arrives on Monday, there is good potential for a burst of mainly sleet and freezing rain across the region starting Sunday morning.
As such, the Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6:00 PM ON MONDAY
WHAT… Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch. Some areas along and north of I-30 may see snow accumulations of greater than 6 inches. The heaviest snowfall rates will likely occur on Monday with the passing of the main system.
WHERE… Area-wide across the Four-states region.
WHEN… From midnight tonight to 6:00 pm Monday.
IMPACTS… Travel will likely deteriorate as snow and freezing rain begin to fall. Roads may become closed and significant delays in travel time will be likely with any additional road closures and accidents. Additionally, power outages will be possible as ice begins to accumulate on lines and overhanging tree branches.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.
This is the first winter blast of weather to come this week, so conditions are likely to change as another system makes its way over the Ark-La-Tex in the middle of next week.
The threat of several rounds of wintry precipitation appears more likely as we move through this weekend into much of next week. A series of major Pacific storm systems will shift southeast over the coming days and interact with an Arctic air mass already in place across our area.