Cold weather

Much colder weather with a wintry mix is possible for South Arkansas on Tuesday.

Magnolia’s Monday afternoon temperatures were in the lower 70s. Which in the late fall means that Tuesday will see freezing temperatures and the possibility of sleet and snow.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said areas of rain are expected to develop behind a strong cold front on Monday night across Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas.

Rain will continue Tuesday morning across the region as colder temperatures continue to spread southeastward.

Some of this rain may brief mix with sleet and snow Tuesday before diminishing during the late morning through the afternoon. Surface temperatures are expected to remain above freezing in the mid to upper 30s. Thus, no snow or ice accumulation is expected.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a special weather statement Monday morning for most of Arkansas. It notes that while high temperatures will reach the 60s and 70s, over the next 24 hours, readings will drop 30-40 degrees in places. Temperatures will likely remain in the 30s across the central and southern portions of Arkansas during the day Tuesday.

Most of Arkansas will see precipitation will start out as rain late tonight, and will transition to a wintry mix in the northwest early Tuesday morning, and over central and southern Arkansas during the day Tuesday into the afternoon hours. Over the central and south, precipitation will likely mix and change over several times before ending by late Tuesday evening.

Some minor sleet and snowfall accumulations are possible on grassy areas and elevated surfaces. However, warm ground temperatures should limit accumulations on area roadways, so impacts, if any, are expected to be minimal.

Magnolia’s low will be around 38 on Monday night, with Tuesday’s high near 41.

Temperatures Tuesday night will be in the upper 20s. Temperatures will settle into a pattern of daytime highs in the mid 50s, with overnight lows in the 30s through Friday. A warming trend will follow.

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