[Apologies, this was meant to be posted YESTERDAY…. Sorry for any confusion]
We’re here with what might be the last, if not the second to last forecast of the year. The destination is western Arkansas, and the most generically named Fort in the country. Fort Smith!
At 1053AM, CT, Fort Smith was reporting a temperature of 32 degrees with overcast skies. Fort Smith was at the southern end of a vast area of high pressure sinking south into the Plains. This ridge was housing an Arctic air mass, and its conflict with warmer Gulf air was responsible for the overcast.
High pressure will intensify as it sinks into the Plains, allowing it to dig deeper into the south. This advance of intensely cold air will compress any moisture attempting to drift ashore, and more widespread overcast is expected, though any drizzle or snow will largely stay to the south, if it appears at all. A more likely outcome will be low lying fog, especially as the year winds down, in the valleys of the Ozarks, some of which may lead to slick spots on the highways.
Tomorrow – Cloudy High 38, low 30
Sunday – Overcast, with a light bit of snow or freezing drizzle in the morning, then freezing fog late. High 30, Low 18
TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 39, low 32
Sunday – Overcast, High 32, Low 26
AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and cold High 39, Low 30
Sunday – Very cold with clouds giving way to some sun High 31, Low 25
NWS: Tomorrow – Patchy freezing drizzle before 9am, then patchy drizzle. Mostly cloudy, High 37, Low 31
Sunday – A slight chance of snow and freezing drizzle before noon. Partly sunny,High 31, low 19
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Patchy light freezing drizzle in the morning. High 38, Low 31
Sunday – Chance of light freezing drizzle in the morning. Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of freezing rain High 31, Low 19
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with patchy light freezing drizzle, High 37, Low 32
Sunday – Partly cloudy with slight chance of light freezing drizzle, High 29, low 25
FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 43, Low 34
Sunday – Foggy in the morning. High 33, low 17
It’s not a big precipitation event headed for Fort Smith, but it doesn’t have to be. It looks very slick. Here is the satellite, showing low overcast along the Arkansas/Oklahoma border.