Chance of Ice Storm Increases This Week

Thursday -Showers. High near 45. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night Rain or freezing rain before midnight, then freezing rain and sleet. Low around 27. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 of an inch possible. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

…SIGNIFICANT ICE STORM BECOMING INCREASINGLY LIKELY THURSDAY
NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT…

AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL SURGE THROUGH THE MIDSOUTH LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND INTO THURSDAY MORNING. ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AHEAD OF THE FRONT WILL FALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND
NIGHT THURSDAY WITH PERIODS OF MODERATE RAIN AND A FEW CRACKS OF
THUNDER. BY MID EVENING FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL MOVE INTO
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WITH RAIN CHANGING OVER TO FREEZING RAIN. BY
FRIDAY MORNING FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL HAVE MADE THEIR WAY TO
JUST NORTH OF I-40…AND BY EARLY AFTERNOON INTO NORTH
MISSISSIPPI. FREEZING RAIN AND SOME SLEET WILL SPREAD SOUTH AND
EAST ON FRIDAY WITH ACTIVITY TAPERING OFF ACROSS THE WEST BY
FRIDAY EVENING…AND EVENTUALLY ACROSS THE EAST EARLY SATURDAY
MORNING.

THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCUMULATION FOR NOW APPEARS TO BE NORTH OF I-40
AND COULD EASILY EXCEED A HALF OF AN INCH…AFFECTING THE CITIES
OF JONESBORO…KENNETT…DYERSBURG AND BLYTHEVILLE. ICE ACCUMULATIONS
EXCEEDING A QUARTER OF AN INCH ARE PROBABLE IN THE I-40 CORRIDOR
AFFECTING THE MEMPHIS METRO…JACKSON…AND FORREST CITY. BUT
THESE EARLY DETERMINATIONS ARE BY NO MEANS SET IN STONE.
ADDITIONAL FREEZING RAIN AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE
SATURDAY NIGHT AND INTO SUNDAY AS A SECOND STORM PASSES THROUGH.

PLEASE STAY TUNED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS ON THIS UNFOLDING
WINTER STORM. MIDSOUTHERNERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR TRAVEL
DIFFICULTIES AND POTENTIAL POWER OUTAGES WITH THIS STORM.

Friday -Freezing rain and sleet. High near 27. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday -Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.
Saturday Night Freezing rain and sleet likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday– A chance of rain, freezing rain, and sleet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday Night A slight chance of freezing rain and sleet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday– A slight chance of flurries. Partly sunny, with a high near 35.