Snow a possibility this weekend

NATION-NOW     Winter storm and Arctic blast roar across East     
       Winter storm and Arctic blast roar across East

NATION-NOW Winter storm and Arctic blast roar across East Winter storm and Arctic blast roar across East

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area, meaning significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected.

According to the advisory, rain will change over to a mix of freezing rain and sleet Friday morning before changing to all snow.

Our meteorologists say a change from rain to freezing rain will occur in northwest Arkansas around 6 p.m. this evening, with the onset of sleet following 2 to 3 hours later.

Weather reports for the next several days are predicting the potential for a variety of weather conditions across the state, including freezing rain, snow and ice.

Roads in eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, northern MS, northern Louisiana and western Kentucky have seen sleet accumulating over one inch, with Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, picking up two to four inches of sleet over an inch of ice.

The weather service projected 2 to 3 inches of snow in Lexington Friday and Saturday.

"Scattered power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice", the National Weather Service said.

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"Snow persists into Saturday morning, then tapers off around midday", the weather service said.

The storm is expected to gradually end on Friday.

Travel will be unsafe, particularly in the Friday morning commute. As colder air filters into the state, this could lead to slick/icy conditions as lingering moisture freezes with temperatures dropping Saturday afternoon/evening. This won't be the light and fluffy snow we've had so far this season, there will be some weight to it.

The rain is expected to move into the Kansas City area - starting in the north and then spreading to the south - after midnight Wednesday.

Snowfall will start Friday morning and continue until around noon for the region.

Saturday will be at least 30 degrees colder than Friday, with a high projected at 31. While this doesn't look like a major storm, accumulation is likely and could cause issues. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

A storm system will move out of the Deep South on Friday and it will pass near or through Southern New England Saturday morning. Rain will become steadier in the afternoon and heaviest by Friday night with big puddles and torrential downpours for the evening commute.

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