Sunday brings the return of snow and dangerously cold temperatures.

Prepare for Snow: First Alert Weather Days Ahead

Get Ready for Arctic Cold and Snow

The Arctic air has arrived, plunging temperatures well below normal across the Ozarks. With wind chill alerts, winter storm warnings, and winter weather advisories in place, we’re in for a snowy weekend. High pressure will keep us cold as a disturbance moves in from the Pacific Northwest, bringing snow for Sunday and Monday.

Timing of the Snow

The snow will start to build in by noon on Sunday, beginning in areas along and west of US 65. By the early evening, the snow will taper off in northern Arkansas. On Monday, additional snow showers are expected to pass through the northern half of the Ozarks. The heaviest snowfall is predicted for northern Arkansas, with totals between 3 and 5 inches.

Accumulating Snow Totals

We anticipate a range of snow amounts from Monday’s snowfall, with the northern Ozarks receiving a trace to up to 2 inches. Areas in the blue from Sunday and Monday’s snow should see totals between 1 and up to 3 inches. Locally higher amounts are possible in some areas.

Bitter Cold Temperatures

In addition to the snow, we’re also facing dangerously cold wind chills. Sunday morning wind chills could be between -30° and -15°, and wind chills will remain around 0° throughout the day. Monday morning will still be bitterly cold, with wind chills between -15° and -5°, improving to about zero in the afternoon.

Weekend Cold Snap and Beyond

After a cold Tuesday, we can expect a slight warm-up by midweek, with temperatures reaching the middle and upper 30s on Wednesday and Thursday. However, temperatures will drop back into the 20s on Friday due to another cold front and upper-level low. Next weekend will stay cold, with lows in the middle single digits and highs in the middle 20s.

Looking Ahead

Despite the cold, there’s hope for a warm-up at the end of the month. By the 21st and 22nd, temperatures are expected to reach highs near 40° as we approach the end of February.

Stay safe and warm during this winter weather event!

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