Winter Weather Outlook for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A round of wet weather and at least a few thunderstorms will affect Arkansas later today and tonight. No severe weather is expected.

Little Rock Meteorologist John Robinson says most of the state will see a cold rain. However, in northern Arkansas (mainly the northern two rows of counties), a little sleet or snow could occur at times, especially at the higher elevations. Most of the precipitation will exit eastern Arkansas before midday on Thursday.

Rainfall amounts should be in the 1/10 to 1/2 inch range.

The next round of precipitation will be from Friday into Friday night, diminishing from the west late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Again, most of this looks to be a cold rain. Northern Arkansas could see a bit of sleet or snow, and a little sleet cannot be ruled out even into parts of central Arkansas. The difficulty with the forecast is that temperatures look to be only marginally cold enough for wintry precipitation and the vast majority of the moisture will stay south of where the coldest temperatures exist.

Rainfall amounts will vary considerably from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast corner.

Northwest and north central Arkansas should see rainfall amounts ranging from a few hundredths of an inch to maybe as much as 1/4 inch. Meanwhile, the southeast corner of the state could easily pick up 1 inch of rain and maybe as much as 1 1/2 inches.

Keep up with changing wintry weather conditions here.