The National Weather Service of Little Rock predicts a white Christmas for Faulkner County.

A storm system is expected to spread across the state in the form of rain Christmas morning, and rain will change to snow in northern and western Arkansas as the day goes on.

The changeover is expected to occur after dark in southern and eastern Arkansas.

Faulkner County estimates for snowfall call for three to six inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Locally, rain is predicted to change to snow mid-afternoon, according to meteorologist Julie Lesko.

Lesko said the transition period would begin around 3 p.m. in Faulkner County.

Snow is likely to accumulate, she said.

"The ground is warm, so there will be initial melting of snow, especially on roadways. It might not accumulate too much initially, but much colder air coming into the state will make the snow stick.

Traveling will eventually become hazardous," Lesko said.

Snow chances come to an end shortly after daybreak Wednesday.
According to Lesko, Monday's predictions for Christmas Day are not likely to change much.

"The track could shift a little bit, and there's always some uncertainty. But the way we have the forecast now, it looks like it is shaping up to be a white Christmas, especially in the northwestern part of the state, but even places south of Little Rock could see minor accumulations."

The highest accumulations are predicted to be six to 10 inches in a line that touches northern Van Buren County, northern Pope County, Yell, Logan, Franklin, Searcy and Johnson counties.