Winter weather advisory issued for Saturday night, Sunday morning


The high temperature will be right around the freezing mark of 32.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. By Sunday morning the system will be moving out, but we still expect temperatures to be below freezing during a good portion of the day, so pretty chilly for the Fort Smith Marathon.

Today, the sun will rise at 7:30:15 a.m. and set at 5:59:05 p.m. Localized 6-inches or greater snowfall totals could occur. Cloudy, with a high near 65. It will be a cold day with highs in the 40s with a north breeze of 10 miles per hour creating a bit of a wind chill factor throughout the day. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

"Widespread accumulations during this period look to be on the order or at least a few inches", the weather service said.

For late Saturday afternoon, areas of freezing drizzle.

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Tonight: Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Freezing drizzle will taper off through the afternoon to the northwest of Interstate 44. Behind the low, our wind direction returns to a northwesterly flow (10-15mph). Chance of precipitation is 80%. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing in most areas Saturday night.

High winds can also result in lower snow ratios since snowflakes can break apart in that situation, says NOAA. North wind around 11 miles per hour.

Sunday - A 40 percent chance of snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Skies will be partly cloudy Saturday night, with a low around 8, wind chill values as low as minus 10 and southwest wind 15 to 21 miles per hour.