Things are going to get fairly dicey today for a large swath of the south, with snow and ice returning once again. Is Fayetteville one of those unfortunate locales?
At 1153AM, CT, Fayetteville was reporting a temperature of 39 degrees with clear skies. The Texas Hooker that promised to bring some significant snowfall to the southern United States was generating moderate snow as far north as Mena-Little Rock line, but posed no threat to the Ozarks this time around. Of more intrigue to Fayetteville should be the strong upper level trough diving through the Upper Midwest.
A pair of perturbations are riding the leading edge of the upper level trough as it digs into the Plains. The eastern perturbation will see much of its moisture leached by the Hooker that will nearly become a Nor’easter while the western wave will be sliding south along the Front Range, and will be a greater threat for the Texas Panhandle. Aloft, the jet will become more uniform, and work on shifting the upper level trough eastward, but at the surface, this will mean cold high pressure taking over on Thursday. The NAM and Euro are suggesting a little bit of cyclonic development at the base of the trough when the western wave reaches the area, however, it seems fairly unlikely that it will bring anything more than a few clouds to Fayetteville on Friday evening. There is a better chance for flurries tomorrow as the trough makes its first push into the region. With the advance of cold air, Tomorrows temperatures will be non-standard.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 27, Low 18
Friday – Increasing clouds late, High 26, Low 9
TWC: Tomorrow – AM Clouds/PM Sun, High 30, Low 17
Friday – Cloudy, High 30, Low 13
AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and colder High 28, Low 14
Friday – Quite cold with times of clouds and sun High 29, Low 7
NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of snow before noon, then a chance for flurries. Mostly cloudy High 23, Low 13
Friday – Partly sunny, High 28, Low 8
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with slight chance of light snow in the morning…then partly cloudy with slight chance of flurries in the afternoon. Windy. High 28, Low 16
Friday – Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. High 28, Low 9
WN: Tomorrow – Windy with Isolated Snow Showers High 28, Low 21
Friday – Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 9
FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 37, Low 17
Friday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day.High 26, Low 11
Like I said, there is a better chance for snow tomorrow than on Friday, and it appears there is a sizable contingent that agrees with that sentiment. Here is the radar showing today’s snowy weather in central Arkansas.