10:30 AM Update: Snow is tapering off across the ArkLaTex with only lingering flurries expected for the next hour or two. Some of the preliminary snowfall reports are coming in and they are impressive. Amounts of 6 to 9 inches have been observed in several areas.
5 AM Update: Sleet and freezing rain has quickly changed over into snow across the entire ArkLaTex, and we are expecting accumulations will be in the 3 to 5-inch range across much of the region this morning. That is on top of the sleet that has already fallen. Road conditions have deteriorated everywhere, and roadways will be impassable across much of the region today.
So far a half inch of sleet has been reported in Shreveport/Bossier, about 2 inches of sleet in Texarkana, and 3 inches in some spots in McCurtain County. The snow will fall on top of this between now and 10 a.m. The heaviest bands of snow will move out after sunrise, but light to moderate snow will fall in some areas through at least noon today.
Temperatures throughout the day will be in the teens and low 20s with a breezy northwest wind of 10 to 15 miles per hour adding a wind-chill to those temperatures. Wind chill temperatures will be in the single-digits or teens throughout the day. It’s a good day to stay off the roads and stay inside.
7 PM Update: As of this current writing, we are seeing snow and sleet increasing in the ArkLaTex. In Shreveport, roads are being covered with sleet leading to some travel difficulties. Temperatures are in the middle and lower 20s. As surface and road temperatures continue to cool, we will see more of the precipitation sticking. Snow is falling over the northern half of the ArkLaTex. For right now, the southern half is seeing just sleet with some snow mixed in. In the next few hours, we will see a changeover to all snow! Again, I am not expecting much melting either because temperatures will not return to above freezing until Thursday and Friday!
Snow is beginning to build in intensity over Central Texas. Soon, we will see snow-covered roads in the ArkLaTex! If you don’t have to travel, please stay home!!
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – This afternoon, we are still looking at scattered freezing rain and drizzle falling across the ArkLaTex. Temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. For the northern communities, light snow has been falling off and on. As of this writing, we have seen some isolated reports of some icy roads and accidents. As the main system moves closer, travel conditions will only continue to go downhill!!
This evening, snow will begin to move over Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Out ahead of the snow, the wintry mix zone will be over Deep East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. By 9-10 PM, I am expecting the changeover to all snow near Shreveport. Some snow could be heavy at times especially for areas along and south of Interstate 20. By late Monday morning, we will see the snow come to an end from the west to the east! By Monday afternoon, it is possible to 3-6 inches for most of the region with some heavier totals. Tuesday will be a welcomed break from the action!
By Tuesday night, the next wave moves in starting off as all snow over Southeast Oklahoma. The next system for Wednesday looks concerning for portions of the ArkLaTex. Monday’s snow event will keep all of the roads slick because there won’t be much melting. The next system will have warmer air above us. It remains to be seen who all will see what! However, due to the high moisture content with the shortwave, some heavy freezing rain totals are likely to occur! The forecast is not set in stone yet but you can expect some changes! Power outages are likely with this current setup!
At the end of the wintry weather tunnel, parts of Southwest Arkansas and Oklahoma could see snow totals over 12″! By the end of this week, we will see sunshine returning and slightly warmer temperatures. For Saturday, highs will be in the 50s. Models are hinting at some light rain over the northern ArkLaTex for Sunday!