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Heavy Rain/Snow on January 6-11, 2021
 
The forecast map showed a storm system ("L") in the southern Plains (Oklahoma and Texas) spreading rain and snow into Arkansas late on 01/06/2021 and into the next day.
In the picture: The forecast map showed a storm system ("L") in the southern Plains (Oklahoma and Texas) spreading rain and snow into Arkansas late on 01/06/2021 and into the next day.
 

Northern and western Arkansas got some ice and light snow to begin January (on the 1st/2nd), and there was more winter weather on the way. A storm system approached the region from the southern Plains on the 6th, and promised areas of heavy rain in the southwest and snow in the north/west.

 

Given the likelihood of accumulating snow, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories were posted in northern and western Arkansas on 01/07/2021.
In the picture: Given the likelihood of accumulating snow, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories were posted in northern and western Arkansas on 01/07/2021.
 

Winter Storm Warnings were posted in portions of the Ozark Mountains for heavy snow, and at least six inches of powder in a few locales. Surrounding areas were covered by Winter Weather Advisories and not as much snow (one to three inches in places).

 

Snow was occurring in northern and western Arkansas at 800 am CST on 01/07/2021. There was widespread rain farther south and east. Temperatures were in the 30s to lower 40s.
In the picture: Snow was occurring in northern and western Arkansas at 800 am CST on 01/07/2021. There was widespread rain farther south and east. Temperatures were in the 30s to lower 40s.
 

Snow was reported in parts of Newton County during the late evening of the 6th. As of 800 am CST on the 7th, flakes continued flying in a fairly large area north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). Elsewhere, this was mainly a rain event. Temperatures were in the 30s to lower 40s.

 

A fairly deep layer (at least 750 meters/2460 feet) of above freezing air melted snow into rain over central Arkansas at 900 am CST on 01/07/2020. Across the northern and western counties, this warm layer was very shallow, and snow made it to the ground.
In the picture: A fairly deep layer (at least 750 meters/2460 feet) of above freezing air melted snow into rain over central Arkansas at 900 am CST on 01/07/2020. Across the northern and western counties, this warm layer was very shallow, and snow made it to the ground.
 

Snow was confined to the north and west because that is where subfreezing air had the most depth. Frozen precipitation made it to the ground without melting. Away from the mountains, a 2,000 to 3,000 foot layer of above freezing air melted snow into rain.

 

Accumulating snow was noted in portions of the Ozark Mountains and in a few high elevation spots in the Ouachita Mountains (northern and western Arkansas) in the twenty four hour period ending at 600 pm CST on 01/07/2021.
In the picture: Accumulating snow was noted in portions of the Ozark Mountains and in a few high elevation spots in the Ouachita Mountains (northern and western Arkansas) in the twenty four hour period ending at 600 pm CST on 01/07/2021.
 

The sweet spot for heavy snow was in eastern Newton and southwest Searcy Counties. Lurton and Mount Judea (both in Newton County) had seven inches of snow, and Nail (Newton County) had six inches. Similar accumulations were reported at Witts Spring (Searcy County).

 

In the video: A blanket of snow (at least a half foot deep) covered the landscape around Lurton (Newton County) on 01/07/2021. The video is courtesy of Charles Peek via Twitter.
 

Five inches of snow piled up at Deer (Newton County) and Tilly (Pope County), with four inches at Compton (Newton County), northwest of Dennard (Van Buren County), and Mount Magazine (Logan County).

 

Link of Interest
Witts Spring (Searcy County) Snow Video (courtesy of Brian Emfinger via Twitter)

 

Forty eight hour precipitation (liquid) in the period ending at 600 am CST on 01/07/2021.
In the picture: Forty eight hour precipitation (liquid) in the period ending at 600 am CST on 01/07/2021.
 

In southwest Arkansas, two to more than three inches of rain dumped at Arkadelphia (Clark County), De Queen (Sevier County), Fordyce (Dallas County), Hot Springs (Garland County), Lewisville (Lafayette County), Malvern (Hot Spring County), Mena (Polk County), Murfreesboro (Pike County), Nashville (Howard County), Pine Ridge (Montgomery County), and Texarkana (Miller County). Interestingly, less than a quarter inch was measured in the northeast at Blytheville (Mississippi County), Jonesboro (Craighead County), and Newport (Jackson County). This was because of a constant feed of dry air transported by a strong/gusty northeast wind into this part of the state.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed the heaviest precipitation staying to the south of Arkansas in the eight hour period ending at 1100 pm CST on 01/10/2021.
Radar at 300 pm CST (01/10)  |  Radar at 500 pm CST (01/10)
Radar at 700 pm CST (01/10)  |  Radar at 900 pm CST (01/10)
Radar at 1100 pm CST (01/10)  |  Loop
In the pictures: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed the heaviest precipitation staying to the south of Arkansas in the eight hour period ending at 1100 pm CST on 01/10/2021.
 

On the 10th and into the 11th, the southern counties became the focus for winter precipitation. A new storm system was on the way, and tracked farther south than its predecessor.

 

Winter headlines were posted from Texas into southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and portions of Mississippi at 100 pm CST on 01/10/2021.
In the picture: Winter headlines were posted from Texas into southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and portions of Mississippi at 100 pm CST on 01/10/2021.
 

This was a somewhat rare event, with an opportunity for sledding in areas that typically don't get snow. This included sections of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

 

Forty eight hour snow accumulations as of 600 am CST 01/11/2021.
In the picture: Forty eight hour snow accumulations as of 600 am CST 01/11/2021.
 

There were many reports of two to more than six inches of accumulation. Mosheim, TX had nine inches, with eight inches around Cisco, TX, Jacksonville, TX, and Stephenville, TX, and seven inches at Granbury, TX. The official snow total at Waco, TX was 4.4 inches, which was the most in almost forty years (six inches on January 13, 1982). Interstates 49 and 220 were shut down temporarily in Shreveport, LA after close to three inches of snow.

 

In the picture: At least a couple of inches of snow blanketed Lake Village (Chicot County) along Highway 65 early on 01/11/2021. The photo is courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Transportation via a traffic camera.
 

Here at home, three inches of snow was noted at Eudora (Chicot County), Hampton (Calhoun County), and Monticello (Drew County), with two inches at El Dorado (Union County), Hamburg (Ashley County), Lake Village (Chicot County), McGehee (Desha County), New Edinburg (Cleveland County), and Warren (Bradley County).

 

Snow Drought in Central Arkansas

Snow accumulated in parts of Arkansas from January 6th through the 11th, but not at Little Rock (Pulaski County). In fact, the last time there was an inch of snow locally was January 15, 2018. That was 1,092 days (close to three years) without an inch through the 11th, or the fourth longest recorded snow drought (well behind the record 2,148 day drought ending on January 21, 1995). The city had its last significant snow episode on January 21-22, 2016 (7.2 inches).

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of snow in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 7-11, 2021 (in red).
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There were numerous reports of snow in northern and central Arkansas on January 7th, and in central and southern sections of the state on the 10th/11th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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Plot Reports
In the picture: Preliminary reports of snow in the Little Rock County Warning Area on January 7-11, 2021 (in red).