9 a.m. update: Temperatures fell near zero in Franklin, Titus, Red River, McCurtain and Columbia counties. Freezing rain is expected to begin to accumulate in these counties soon. The winter weather advisory has been extended to 9 p.m. tonight as some of this winter precipitation (primarily sleet and freezing rain) may continue after sunset along the I-20 corridor. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m., when accumulations will be highest near and north of I-30.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Certain areas of the ArkLaTex remain under a winter storm warning and winter weather advisory through tonight. The rain is expected to turn to freezing rain in parts of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma this morning. Areas of sleet and snow are expected to form late morning and afternoon. Winter impacts could be felt as far south as eastern Texas and Louisiana’s I-20 corridor.
Temperatures will likely remain a few degrees above freezing in the mid to upper 30s until sunrise. After sunrise, we may begin to see temperatures drop near zero in the winter storm warning locations. That’s when we’ll start to see freezing rain rolling in, with accumulations of a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch of ice expected to form on bridges, power lines and trees. This ice will make road conditions hazardous or even unnavigable where it accumulates, and areas that receive the highest amounts may begin to see scattered power outages as power lines are ripped out by the weight of the ice or tree branches break. Freezing rain may change to a mixture of ice pellets then snow in the warning area by mid to late morning and continue until early afternoon. Snow accumulations will likely be less than an inch in most areas.
Freezing rain can affect Texarkana anytime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. when a winter weather advisory is in effect. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice will be possible in and around Texarkana. This amount of ice will make bridges and overpasses icy throughout the day.
In Marshall, TX, a change from rain to freezing rain and ice pellets and a few snowflakes is possible by noon, with light accumulations until sunset.
In Shreveport/Bossier, it will rain throughout the morning and early afternoon, with temperatures dropping near freezing around 4 p.m. Accumulations will likely be a tenth of an inch or less, but any ice accumulation could result in road closures that could impact through Friday morning.
Trace winter accumulations are possible in areas along I-49 between Shreveport and Natchitoches from sunset until this evening, but road and power issues will be minimal due to the light nature of any precipitation. who manages to fall.
Temperatures will drop below freezing for much of the day as well as tonight. Ice build-up may cause road closures or travel impacts through Friday morning, but most areas are expected to be back above freezing Friday afternoon for at least a few hours. This should help open all closed roads by the end of Friday and certainly by the weekend.
A dry period will take over once this winter weather has passed. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s this weekend under mostly sunny skies, with sun remaining for much of next week as well. Temperatures are expected to return to the 60s by the middle of next week.
Another note, the nights will be COLD! Overnight lows over the weekend and next week will be below freezing in the 20s and lows 30s until at least Monday evening.
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