A strong cold front is going to move through the ArkLaTex today and drop our temperatures significantly for the next week. In addition to rainfall, this front may bring a changeover into sleet, freezing rain and a few snow flurries late tonight and early Friday.
Ahead of the front we are in the 50s this morning with some areas of light rain and patchy fog. The fog is not as widespread as yesterday. We are expecting a few light rain showers through the morning with afternoon highs eventually reaching the low and mid 60s with a south wind becoming breezy at 10 to 15 miles per hour. Skies will remain overcast/mostly cloudy, but some sunshine may break through later this morning and into the early afternoon.
The front is expected to trigger a broken line of thunderstorms in Arkansas/Louisiana after noon, with some periods of heavy rain across the eastern ArkLaTex through sunset. Wind gusts this afternoon through late tonight will be above 20 miles per hour bringing a strong wind chill.
(Expected rainfall totals today through tonight):
After sunset cold air will quickly fill in behind the passing front. Lows will eventually fall into the 20s and 30s tonight. As temperatures fall below freezing, if rain lingers behind the passing storm system, we will see a brief changeover from rain into sleet (ice pellets), freezing rain, and a few snow flurries. Accumulation will be light since highs will be in the 60s today, keeping the ground warm. The highest likelihood of any winter precipitation will be north of I-20 in Louisiana and Arkansas.
(Futurecast showing changeover to sleet/possible snow flurries after midnight):
We will clear out and see returning sunshine Friday through the upcoming weekend. Highs each day will be in the 40s. The cold temperatures will continue into next week. With the cold air in place and returning rainfall, we will be on the lookout for more winter weather (snow, sleet, freezing rain) next Tuesday and Wednesday.