Valentine’s Day weekend could deliver ice and snow to Arkansas

by The City Wire staff ( 77 views 

All of Arkansas could be covered in ice and snow beginning Sunday night (Feb. 15) and into Monday, according to a report from AccuWeather.

Overall, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski reports that cold weather in the South and Northeast could “blast” dangerous cold weather over 100 million people over the Valentine’s Day weekend and into early next week.

As frigid air holds in the East, a new storm will spread an area of snow, ice and travel disruptions across the interior South late this weekend into early next week. Much of the South has avoided wintry travel thus far this winter. However, as a storm develops and tracks eastward, a swath of snow and ice will grow on its cold northern flank with rain and thunder close to the Gulf coast Sunday into Monday.

The storm has the potential to bring slippery roads, disruptions to daily activities and perhaps airline delays and cancellations.

An area of snow will generally develop in eastern Kansas to central and southern Missouri on Sunday with an area of ice or a wintry mix from central Oklahoma to much of Arkansas and neighboring parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Travel along the Interstate 40 and I-70 corridors could become slippery and dangerous during Sunday into Sunday night. Cities likely to be impact by wintry precipitation during at least part of the day on Sunday include Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Ark.

Spanning Sunday night into Monday night, snow will spread across the Southeastern states along the I-40 and I-64 corridors. Cities from St. Louis to Nashville; London, Kentucky; Roanoke, Virginia, and Charlotte and Winston-Salem, North Carolina could receive some accumulating snow. The snow will spread from areas west of the Appalachians on Sunday night, to areas east of the Appalachians by Monday night.

Ice or a wintry mix will push eastward along the zone from I-20 to I-40 Sunday night into Monday night. Cities from Memphis and Chattanooga, Tenn., to Tupelo, Miss.; Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala.; Atlanta; Greenville and Columbia, S.C., and Fayetteville, N.C., could be on the receiving end of some sleet and freezing rain.

From Monday night through midweek, the path of the storm, its strength and the intensity of the precipitation are uncertain at this early stage.

Whether the storm turns toward the coastal Northeast will depend on how quickly additional arctic air spills southward and how much the storm strengthens while moving across the South.