Garrett’s Blog: Light Freezing Rain Expected Tonight

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Precipitation is already breaking out ahead of a cold front that will move across the area tonight.

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Light rain and freezing rain is expected. While accumulations will be minimal; bridges and overpasses will become slick as soon as air temperatures fall below freezing.

Expect some road problems to develop after dark with slick roads becoming widespread by 9 or 10pm.

The majority of the rain/freezing rain will be east of the area by midnight.

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Chances of light ice amounts are highest in NW Arkansas and lower towards Fort Smith. However, even with trace amounts, ice could develop on bridges in the River Valley.

Timeline:

6pm

At 6pm: Rain and freezing rain will break out. It may initially start as rain until the evaporation cooling drops temperatures below freezing

9pm

At 9pm: More areas of rain, freezing rain, and possibly some light will be in the area. This is the best time for problems to become widespread.

12am

At Midnight: Most precipitation has moved out of the area.

Slick bridges and overpasses could continue into Wednesday morning with rapid improvement on roads by 8 or 9am Wednesday.

-Garrett