LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Snow could fall across parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma on Christmas, potentially creating problems for holiday drivers, the National Weather Service warned Saturday.
Snow is expected to start falling in Oklahoma late Monday and continue Tuesday as the storm barges into Arkansas, meteorologists said.
Parts of southeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas could see 3 to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service office in Tulsa, Okla.
"With that kind of snowfall, it's going to cause some travel problems," weather service meteorologist Craig Sullivan said. "The temperatures are going to be significantly below freezing, so whatever falls is going to accumulate on the roadways pretty quickly."
A weather service statement sent from the Little Rock office said it's not clear which areas in Arkansas will see the most snow stick around.
But even a little bit of snow — combined with below-freezing temperatures — could hamper driving conditions.
"When it's cold and the temperatures are down in the teens and twenties like they're going to be, you're going to get some slick roads, even with an inch of snow," said Sullivan, who works in Tulsa, Okla. "So a good portion of eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas are going to see some travel impacts during Christmas Day."
Meteorologists across the region advised people to pay close attention to updated forecasts throughout the weekend.
"If you are planning to travel across the southern Plains for the upcoming holiday week ... have a contingency plan in place and prepare for weather-related delays and cancellations," the National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla., said in a statement.