As Arkansas Struggles With Major Winter Storm, End Is In Sight

Feb 17, 2021

Westbound traffic on Interstate 40 near Hazen was at a standstill for several hours Wednesday because of an accident involving several vehicles. It was one of many crashes that the Arkansas Department of Transportation says halted traffic on interstates and highways.
Credit Arkansas Department of Transportation

Arkansas is expected to receive another four to eight inches of snow across the state Wednesday night, forecasters say, but the end is near. Heavy snowfall during the day caused widespread traffic disruptions, including Interstate 40 being closed at times in central and eastern Arkansas because of multi-vehicle accidents.

Meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh with the National Weather Service says the southern and central part of the state will continue to receive snowfall, but it won’t be as widespread as what has been experienced since Sunday night.

“We’ve got the most intense snowband anywhere from central to south central Arkansas right now,” Cavanaugh said Wednesday afternoon. “It’ll probably move east as we get towards sunset, and then we’ll just see light snow, maybe not even accumulating after midnight. That snow will continue until about sunrise before so much dry air moves in before it just all clears out.”

He says the storm system is expected to move out of the region by Thursday night.

“We should see some sunshine,” Cavanaugh said. “With all the snow in place, the temperatures may raise a little bit just after seeing some sunshine after so many cloudy days.”

The cold air will move out of Arkansas by the weekend, with temperatures warming into the 40s.