Winter weather advisory in effect for Friday

A winter weather advisory now covers all of northern Arkansas in addition to east and southeast parts of the state, and a winter storm warning is set for two counties.

Officially, the storm warning goes into effect at 4 p.m. on Friday and continues through 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Total snow accumulations of up to an inch and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are expected.

It's expected to get down to a low of 3 degrees Saturday night.

The forecast for Friday through Wednesday is calling for continued cold conditions.

Chicago can expect any water on the ground from today's rain to flash freeze this evening, according to Fenelon. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

Light snow, sleet and freezing rain were all said to be possible. The rain chance will stick around and last through the overnight hours and into Friday afternoon.

The high for Sunday will be near 16 degrees and mostly sunny.

"I think you're more likely to see maybe a dusting of snow or some flurries", he said. Forecasters predicted snow would cover the sheets of ice as temperatures dropped.

In Omaha, traffic moved slowly Thursday morning as the snow made roads slicker than usual. The Advisory runs from 3PM CST until Midnight, affecting the area along and west of Interstate-39 by mid-afternoon and then east into Chicago and northwest IN by late afternoon/early evening. Strong gusty winds will also be felt at speeds of 25-35 miles per hour. For the snow season (since July 1), Madison has received 4.7 inches, 16.9 inches below normal.

Many school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee called off classes Friday.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam closed state offices Friday in West and Middle Tennessee due to the winter weather.

Vanessa Coleman

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