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Light Snow/Very Cold on January 6-7, 2017
 
Forecast maps showed light snow building across much of Arkansas from the southern Plains in the twenty four hour period ending at 600 pm CST on 01/06/2017. This was ahead of Arctic high pressure ("H") to the north.
Forecast Map at 600 pm CST (01/05)  |  Forecast Map at 1200 am CST (01/06)
Forecast Map at 600 am CST (01/06)  |  Forecast Map at 600 pm CST (01/06)
In the pictures: Forecast maps showed light snow building across much of Arkansas from the southern Plains in the twenty four hour period ending at 600 pm CST on 01/06/2017. This was ahead of Arctic high pressure ("H") to the north.
 

Colder air filtered into Arkansas from the Plains on January 5th. This followed a severe weather episode that just missed the state to the south on the 2nd. As temperatures dropped, data showed moisture working toward the area from the Rockies.

 

Simulated radar showed light precipitation (snow) moving into Arkansas from the west during the early morning hours of 01/06/2017.
Simulated Radar at 900 pm CST (01/05)  |  Simulated Radar at 1200 am CST (01/06)
Simulated Radar at 300 am CST (01/06)  |  Simulated Radar at 600 am CST (01/06)
In the pictures: Simulated radar showed light precipitation (snow) moving into Arkansas from the west during the early morning hours of 01/06/2017.
 

There was never a lot of moisture (generally less than a tenth of an inch of liquid), but enough to mention accumulating snow in the forecast on the 6th. A Winter Weather Advisory was posted for much of the region.

 

Snow accumulations through the afternoon of 01/06/2017.
In the picture: Snow accumulations through the afternoon of 01/06/2017.
 

By the afternoon of the 6th, there were many reports of a half inch to an inch and a half of snow. The heaviest accumulations were in the Arkansas River Valley to the north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County), and also in the Ouachita Mountains. In these locations, there were spotty reports of three inches of powder.

 

Roads were snow covered (at least partly) in much of northern and central Arkansas at 930 am CST on 01/06/2017.
In the picture: Roads were snow covered (at least partly) in much of northern and central Arkansas at 930 am CST on 01/06/2017. The image is courtesy of IDriveArkansas.
 

Some of the higher totals included 3.5 inches at Ozark (Franklin County) and Searcy (White County), 3.0 inches 5 miles north of Clarksville (Johnson County), Petit Jean State Park (Conway County), Pickles Gap (Faulkner County), and 5 miles north of Waldron (Scott County), 2.8 inches at Mulberry (Crawford County), 2.7 inches at Stuttgart (Arkansas County), and 2.5 inches at Jerusalem (Conway County) and Russellville (Pope County).

 

The snow accumulation at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) was just under an inch on 01/06/2017.
In the picture: The snow accumulation at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) was just under an inch on 01/06/2017.
 

The snow came in two rounds, with round one over northern and central Arkansas early on the 6th and round two farther south later in the day.

 

High temperatures on 01/06/2017 and lows the next morning.
High Temperatures (01/06)  |  Low Temperatures (01/07)
In the picture: High temperatures on 01/06/2017 and lows the next morning.
 

It was certainly cold enough for snow. High temperatures on the 6th ranged from the upper teens in the northwest to the lower 30s in the south. This was well below average, with readings normally in the mid 40s to mid 50s.

Lows the next morning were in the single digits and teens, and the mercury dipped below zero at a couple of sites. It was 2 below zero at Gilbert (Searcy County), and 1 below zero at Fayetteville (Washington County). These were the first sub-zero readings at both places since January, 2014.

 

Winter weather headlines were posted from Arkansas to the mid-Atlantic states at 300 pm CST on 01/06/2017.
In the picture: Winter weather headlines were posted from Arkansas to the mid-Atlantic states at 300 pm CST on 01/06/2017.
 

Moisture was more appreciable over the southeast United States, with Winter Storm Warnings posted for a combination of snow and ice. From North Carolina into Virginia, a half foot to over a foot of snow was expected.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of snow in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 6, 2017 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of snow in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 6, 2017 (in red).