The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that begins on Tuesday, February 16th at 6pm and will continue until Thursday, February 18th at 12pm. According to the NWS, a WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY...
- Dangerous wind chills, and heavy snow and sleet.
- SNOW AMOUNTS: Expect 4 to 8 inches of additional snow and sleet.
- WIND CHILLS: Wind chill values from the single digits to 10 below zero at times.
- WHEN: Dangerous cold will occur through at least this morning. Heavy snow and sleet are in the forecast Tuesday night through Thursday morning.
- WHERE: Central and southern Arkansas.
- IMPACTS: Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets. Snow and blowing snow will make travel dangerous. The weight of too much snow may compromise some roofs of homes and businesses.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This could result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
- If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
- A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
According to the National Weather Service, this warning affects Monroe-Pike-Clark-Hot Spring-Grant-Jefferson-Arkansas-Dallas- Cleveland-Lincoln-Desha-Ouachita-Calhoun-Bradley-Drew Counties and includes the cities of Brinkley, Clarendon, Murfreesboro, Glenwood, Arkadelphia, Malvern, Sheridan, Pine Bluff, Stuttgart, De Witt, Fordyce, Rison, Kingsland, Star City, Gould, Dumas, McGehee, Camden, Hampton, Thornton, Warren, and Monticello