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Very Cold/Wintry Precipitation on February 2-12, 2014 (Pg2)
 
A storm system aloft (dashed white line) rode a southwest wind flow aloft into Arkansas on 02/07/2014.
In the picture: A storm system aloft (dashed white line) rode a southwest wind flow aloft into Arkansas on 02/07/2014. The system encountered well below normal temperatures provided by arctic high pressure ("H"). The resulted will be areas of light snow.
 

It snowed again on February 6th. Scattered light snow/flurries occurred in the morning/early afternoon, with up to a half inch of snow in places. Given well below freezing daytime temperatures (in the teens and 20s), the snow was powdery and blew around on roadways. There were no widespread travel issues.  

A similar episode unfolded on the 7th. This time, light snow was more widespread during the late afternoon and evening (mainly between 400 pm CST and midnight CST).

 

Light snow fell during the evening of 02/07/2014 at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County). Accumulations were also higher, with one to three inches (and locally up to four inches) of powder reported.
In the picture: Light snow fell during the evening of 02/07/2014 at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock (Pulaski County). Click to enlarge.

 

One to as much as four inches of snow accumulated across most of Arkansas on 02/07/2014.
In the picture: One to as much as four inches of snow accumulated across most of Arkansas on 02/07/2014.
 

Some of the heavier accumulations included 4 inches at Star City (Lincoln County), 3.3 inches at White Hall (Jefferson County), 3 inches at Augusta (Woodruff County), Booneville (Logan County), Danville (Yell County), Sheridan (Grant County), Stuttgart (Arkansas County) and Waldron (Scott County), and 2 to 3 inches in the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area.

Very cold weather guaranteed that the snow would cover roads quickly. Unplowed roads, especially hills, made travel difficult to impossible for many motorists. In Little Rock (Pulaski County), some thoroughfares were like parking lots, with vehicles (mostly rear wheel drive) abandoned for hours.

 

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A north to northeast wind around arctic high pressure to the north of Arkansas kept a supply of very dry air flowing into the state during the evening of 02/10/2014.
In the picture: A north to northeast wind around arctic high pressure to the north of Arkansas kept a supply of very dry air flowing into the state during the evening of 02/10/2014. Dewpoints (dashed lines) were only in the single digits and teens at most locations.
 

A cold front pushed though Arkansas from the north on February 9th, and was followed by a reinforcing shot of cold/dry air (ushered in by a breezy north to northeast wind).

On the 10th, a storm system dove toward the region from the Plains. In response to the system, areas of wintry precipitation were supposed to develop after dark. Light accumulations of snow and ice were in the forecast. Outside of scattered snow flurries and a few sleet pellets, nothing much happened. It was simply too dry.

 

Precipitation managed to make it to the ground with a little more regularity in the southeast. There were a few slick roads toward morning on the 11th from Stuttgart (Arkansas County) to Monticello (Drew County).
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed snow trying to develop from central into southeast Arkansas ahead of a storm system in the Plains during the evening of 02/10/2014.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed snow trying to develop from central into southeast Arkansas ahead of a storm system in the Plains during the evening of 02/10/2014. Precipitation was developing more readily farther south where moisture was more abundant.

 

Through the 10th, average temperatures were ridiculously cold (10 to 15 degrees below normal in much of the region), and precipitation was plentiful (200 to 300 percent of normal in some cases).

 

Average Temperatures in February, 2014 (through the 10th)
Site Avg Temp +/-
Fayetteville (NW AR) 23.6° -13.9°
Harrison (NC AR) 23.2° -15.3°
Jonesboro (NE AR) 28.3° -11.0°
Fort Smith (WC AR) 29.8° -12.2°
Little Rock (C AR) 32.2° -10.4°
West Memphis (EC AR) 32.5° -7.6°
Texarkana (SW AR) 35.8° -10.4°
El Dorado (SC AR) 37.5° -8.3°
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 33.0° -11.2°

 

Precipitation in February, 2014 (through the 10th)
Site Amount Normal +/- % of Normal
Fayetteville (NW AR) 0.79 0.91 -0.12 87%
Harrison (NC AR) 0.89 0.89 0.00 100%
Jonesboro (NE AR) 1.86 1.30 +0.56 143%
Fort Smith (WC AR) 0.94 0.96 -0.02 98%
Little Rock (C AR) 3.18 1.22 +1.96 261%
West Memphis (EC AR) 3.74 1.54 +2.20 243%
Texarkana (SW AR) 2.89 1.28 +1.61 226%
El Dorado (SC AR) 2.08 1.64 +0.44 127%
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 3.51 1.32 +2.19 266%

 

The aforementioned front remained stalled along the Gulf Coast through the morning of the 12th. Chances for a light wintry mix continued in the south (closest to the front), with any additional problems on roads restricted to counties near the Louisiana border.

 

Winter weather headlines were posted from east Texas to the mid-Atlantic states during the evening of 02/11/2014.
In the picture: Winter weather headlines were posted from east Texas to the mid-Atlantic states during the evening of 02/11/2014.
 

Conditions were much worse in the southeast United States. There, a catastrophic/crippling ice and snow storm unfolded on the 12th. A half inch more more than an inch of ice was caked on exposed objects from just southeast of Atlanta, GA to Columbia, SC. More than a foot of snow blanketed parts of western North Carolina, western Virginia and eastern West Virginia (east side of the Appalachians).

 

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Preliminary reports of wintry precipitation in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 2-3, 2014 (in red).
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There were numerous reports of wintry precipitation (primarily snow) across northern Arkansas on February 2-3, 2014. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of wintry precipitation in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 2-3, 2014 (in red).

 

On the 4th, there was an ice storm in northern and central sections of the state. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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Preliminary reports of ice in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 4, 2014 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of ice in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 4, 2014 (in red).

 

Preliminary reports of snow in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 7-8, 2014 (in red).
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On the 7th/early on the 8th, light snow fell across much of the region. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of snow in the Little Rock County Warning Area on February 7-8, 2014 (in red).

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