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Foggy/Storms to South/Turning Colder on January 2-3, 2017
 
An intense storm system aloft ("L") was noted to the southwest of Arkansas during the morning of 01/02/2017. The system tracked from Texas to the Tennessee Valley. 
In the picture: An intense storm system aloft ("L") was noted to the southwest of Arkansas during the morning of 01/02/2017. The system tracked from Texas to the Tennessee Valley. 
 

Springlike air tried to build into Arkansas from the south to begin the new year. This was ahead of an incoming storm system to the southwest. These mild conditions clashed with cooler air over the region, and this produced a lot of fog during the morning of January 2nd.

 

In the video: A weather balloon disappeared into the low clouds and fog on 01/02/2017. The balloon was launched at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County).
 

Visibilities in much of the state were a half mile or less. In addition to the fog, showers and isolated thunderstorms began popping up during the morning, especially over the southeast half of Arkansas. One storm produced quarter size hail near Swifton (Jackson County) at 905 am CST.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed severe storms sweeping eastward from Texas to Georgia on 01/02/2017.
Radar at 808 am CDT (01/02)  |  Radar at 448 pm CST (01/02)
In the pictures: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed severe storms sweeping eastward from Texas to Georgia on 01/02/2017.
 

Temperatures across the southern counties climbed into the 60s as the day progressed. The high at Texarkana (Miller County) was 69 degrees. It was 66 degrees at Monticello (Drew County) and 65 degrees at El Dorado (Union County). It was even warmer along the Gulf Coast, and this is where the atmosphere became the most unstable. Strong to severe thunderstorms flourished in this environment as they swept quickly to the east.

 

There were numerous reports of severe weather to the south of Arkansas on 01/02/2017. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.
In the picture: There were numerous reports of severe weather to the south of Arkansas on 01/02/2017. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.
 

There were numerous reports of severe weather from east Texas to southwest Georgia. Strong to damaging winds were common, with isolated tornadoes as well.

 

Twenty four hour rainfall through 1200 am CST on 01/03/2017.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall through 1200 am CST on 01/03/2017.
 

Here at home, parts of southern and eastern Arkansas received a half inch to an inch of rain on the 2nd, with locally more. At Jonesboro (Craighead County), 1.20 inches was measured, with 1.12 inches at Monticello (Drew County). Meanwhile, three to more than five inches of liquid dumped in portions of Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle. 

 

While one storm system ("L") departed on 01/03/2017, an incoming cold front from the Plains promised colder air.
In the picture: While one storm system ("L") departed on 01/03/2017, an incoming cold front from the Plains promised colder air.
 

The system bringing the stormy weather exited toward the Ohio Valley on the 3rd. It was foggy again early in the day, with a cold front on the horizon to the northwest. The front promised to bring below average temperatures in the days to follow.