SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - All signs point to snow falling in the ArkLaTex, and much of the region has been placed in a Winter Storm Watch from Monday night through Tuesday afternoon.
Before we get to the snowfall, it will be the 'warm before the storm' on Monday. After a chilly morning with temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s, a south wind and partly cloudy skies will allow us to warm into the mid 50s across much of the region.
A few rain showers will begin to pop up during the afternoon and evening with the rain likely moving south to north across the region putting fuel in place for our winter weather event.
As a strong arctic cold front moves in late Monday night temperatures will begin to fall below freezing during the overnight hours. The rain will quickly change into a mix of sleet, freezing rain, and snow before becoming all snow for much of the night and into Tuesday morning. Brief heavy snowfall is expected at times in the watch area. With snow falling across much of the region Tuesday morning it will make for a tricky commute with major and secondary roadways taking on snow and ice. Bridges and overpasses will be especially prone to taking on ice through Tuesday.
Much of the ArkLaTex will see 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. For the counties and parishes in the Winter Storm Watch, it is possible we will see accumulations in the 3 to 4 inch range. Snow is likely to come to an end early Tuesday afternoon.
Winter Storm Watch:
American model snowfall accumulation late Monday - Tuesday afternoon:
European model snowfall accumulation late Monday - Tuesday afternoon:
Beyond Tuesday, we will remain cold on Wednesday which means ice may remain on roads through the middle of the week.
By the weekend highs will return to the 60s with rain and thunderstorms likely to return next Sunday.
The story of the next 7 days will be rain, rain, and more rain.
The active weather pattern doesn't show any signs of slowing down…