Temperatures in Arkansas are expected to swing from well above average to well below average after a powerful cold front moves through the state. After reaching a high near 70 degrees in Little Rock on Monday, John Lewis, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, says temperatures Tuesday are expected to be cold enough to bring a wintry mix to the area.
"There's not a ton of moisture with this system, so we're not expecting a lot of snow, but at least some light snow. Temperatures here in the Little Rock area on Tuesday will probably not get out of the 30s," Lewis said.
Snow is unlikely to accumulate on roadways, he said, due to warm ground temperatures from Monday.
"Temperatures by and large Tuesday afternoon are going to be above freezing. Even if we do see some light snow and it does accumulate, I would expect maybe half an inch or less when you head into central and southern Arkansas. I think it would be mainly in the grassy areas. I don't think really roads are going to be a problem."
But Lewis says motorists should still be aware of the potential for ice on bridges and overpasses on Tuesday night. Temperatures are predicted to warm gradually throughout the rest of the week. By Thursday temperatures are expected to be closer to the average for this time of year of 50 degrees.