The National Weather Service out of Tulsa has issued a Winter Weather Advsiory for parts of Northwest Arkansas. For now, this is officially includes Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties from midnight tonight to Noon Christmas Eve. A Winter Weather Advisory means that there is some potential for some more minor ice and snow accumulations, and is a notch below a Winter Storm Warning, which would be issued when higher snow or ice amounts are expected. Latest forecast models are forecast are suggesting mostly rain with temperatures around 33-35 degrees for much of Friday morning. Some locations could be as low as 32 degrees. So some pockets of freezing rain is possible. However, time spent at or below 32 degrees should be brief. Still think that temperatures will be slightly above freezing most of the day. Colder air just above the ground would allow to more of a switch to some snow in Northwest Arkansas around or just after Noon. However, the best lift and moisture should begin to move out about the time that this happens. Although, there is still some potential for some snow, accumulations (where it would occur) appear to be under 1″ for most locations.
Damon Shaw, 40/29 Meteorologist
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