Worse than we thought
The National Weather Service and just about every media outlet in Arkansas warned us snow was on the way Wednesday.
They were all right, but it appears the initial precipitation projections were a bit low. The National Weather Service predicted we’d see up to 6 inches of snow in some areas and a bit more than that in others. According to one First Arkansas News reader — Barbara Cecil of Springdale — 27 inches of snow had fallen in her town before 10 a.m. this morning and the storm is still going full force.
Yes, it seems that northwest Arkansas is getting hit hard right now. The intrepid Jamie Smith should have some photos from northwest Arkansas posted here today. That’s assuming she can actually get her front door open and grab a shot or two, of course. Seriously — stay tuned for those photos. She’s sent a couple of preliminary ones over this morning and they are unbelievable.
In central Arkansas, Benton had around three inches of snow by 11 a.m. and there’s no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. According to this forecast from the National Weather Service, much of Arkansas is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. and central Arkansas is expected to receive six inches of snow or more.
The National Weather Service also reports that it’ll stay cold tomorrow, too, so the chances of hazardous travel will remain high. Central Arkansas is looking at a high temperature of 31 degrees on Thursday, but the temperature is expected to hit 39 degrees on Friday and the weekend should be sunny and warm with a high 0f 50 degrees on Saturday and 59 degrees on Sunday.
Stay tuned for updates — we’ll have more photos, more forecasts and a report on whether the traction control system on a Dodge Ram 1500 actually works.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.