A powerful winter storm is affecting Arkansas on this Christmas Day. Heavy rain and freezing rain is occurring in central Arkansas mixing with some heavy sleet at times. Ice accumulations are being seen on trees in parts of the state and power outages are becoming more common.
This afternoon into this evening, the wintry mix/rain will change over to snowfall. The track of the heaviest snowfall now looks to be a little farther south than yesterday. This means west central, central and northeast Arkansas should see very heavy snow accumulations by the time you wake up tomorrow.
A large part of the state should see 3"-6" snowfall by tomorrow morning, but 6"-10" of snow could fall in that area I mentioned from Mena to Little Rock to the Jonesboro area. The winds will be quite gusty, especially in the NE 1/4 of Arkansas. That has prompted a BLIZZARD WARNING for an area from White County northeastward. Heavy snow and winds to 40+mph will be seen and will severely limit visibility and make travel extremely hazardous. We rarely, if ever, see these kinds of conditions in Arkansas, so please exercise extreme caution and stay at home if at all possible.