Freezing rain and sleet will be the main threat of wintry weather expected to hit Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday, but large amounts are not expected, the National Weather Service said.

Meteorologist John Robinson said most amounts are expected to range from a few hundredths of an inch up to around a tenth of an inch. Even with the small amounts, winter weather or freezing rain advisories are expected. With cold weather already blanketing the state, Robinson said driving problems would develop as soon as precipitation begins.

On Wednesday, an area from the Ouachita Mountains into northwest Arkansas is expected greatest by the wintry weather, especially during afternoon hours. A small round of snow could be seen at the onset of the precipitation.

From nightfall Wednesday into Thursday, western, northwestern and north central Arkansas will see the majority of precipitation. As temperatures cool in overnight, freezing rain could reach most parts of the state, except areas of southern Arkansas.

Precipitation is expected to switch to rain during the afternoon hours Thursday, as temperatures rise, Robinson said.

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