JONESBORO, Ark. – The first snowflakes of the season will be falling for many across NEA today, if forecasters are right.
The day will start out chilly and rainy. But by 11 AM as we hit 50 degrees in Jonesboro, temperatures will begin to fall.
Expect to see possible snowflakes by 5 PM and freezing temps by 7 PM in Jonesboro, according to Weather.com.
To compare, New York City is two degrees warmer, as this story is being published (49 in NYC, 47 in Jonesboro). By this evening, it’ll be 20 degrees colder in Jonesboro than in New York.
Special Weather Statement from NWS
Much Colder Air and Light Wintry Precipitation Expected to Affect the Mid-South
A strong cold front will move across the Mid-South this afternoon and evening, bringing much colder air to the region. Widespread rain is expected to change over to a mixture of light snow and sleet late this afternoon in northeast Arkansas, far northwest Tennessee, and the Missouri Bootheel, with the rain-snow line moving south during the evening and early morning hours. A period of freezing drizzle is also possible as the precipitation tapers off tonight.
While we do anticipate the changeover to light wintry precipitation, the cold air will be arriving as the moisture is pulling out of the area. This will limit accumulations across the Mid-South. At this time, there is a potential for a light dusting up to perhaps a half inch of snow, mainly north of a line from Tunica, to Bolivar, to Decaturville. This may result in some slick spots on bridges and overpasses as temperatures fall below freezing tonight. That said, many areas will not receive measurable accumulations.
Arctic air and strong north winds will accompany this cold front.
Winds will gust to 35 mph this evening along and west of the
Mississippi River. Gusty winds and temperatures in the low to mid 20s Tuesday morning will result in wind chill readings in the single digits and teens. Temperatures on Tuesday will struggle to reach the freezing mark in many areas, keeping wind chills in the upper teens to mid 20s throughout the afternoon. Clear skies and decreasing winds will allow temperatures to bottom out Wednesday morning with lows in the mid teens to near 20 degrees.