First Round of Snow: Thursday-Friday
Spring has arrived, but the feel of winter is not going anywhere soon as we track a couple of potential snowmakers through the weekend ahead.
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First up, a disturbance aloft will move from the central Plains into the Southeast. This system will move into cold air supplied by a jet stream dip over the Great Lakes to result in a band of snow from parts of eastern Kansas and western/southern Missouri to northern Arkansas and western Tennessee Thursday into Thursday night.
Snow accumulations from this disturbance are expected to be in a small, confined region. The most significant snow totals will likely be in the Ozarks across southern Misssouri and northern Arkansas, where amounts of 5 inches or more are possible. Some sleet and freezing rain may also fall, which could reduce the potential snow amounts. If snowfall rates are heavy enough, we may see accumulations on roads, leading to dangerous travel conditions.
A little sleet or snow mixed with rain could reach as far east as northern Alabama and northern Georgia Thursday night through early Friday. Significant accumulations are not expected.
As we head into the weekend, a more widespread swath of snow may spread across the country from the next weather system in pipeline.