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Winter Storm on Feb 1-2, 2005
 
Arctic high pressure ("H") from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into the central Plains was keeping cold air in Arkansas in early February, 2005. Cold air spread across Arkansas from the north in late January. High temperatures on January 25th were in the 60s/lower 70s, with readings in the 30s/40s to close out the month and into early February. Late on February 1st, a storm system formed in south Texas and spread moisture northward. A cold rain overspread southern Arkansas during the afternoon of the 1st, with snow developing in the northern counties after dark.
In the picture: Arctic high pressure ("H") from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into the central Plains was keeping cold air in Arkansas in early February, 2005. A storm system ("L") was spreading warmer air/moisture into the region from the south on February 1st/2nd...with the atmosphere becoming a little too warm for snow in most areas. However, it stayed cold enough for snow in the northwest counties. 

 

Soundings at Springfield, MO and Little Rock, AR at 6 am CST on 02/02/2005.
In the picture: Soundings (temperature/dewpoint profiles with height) indicated that temperatures were above freezing at Little Rock, AR from the ground to above 5000 feet (a warm layer to melt any falling snow) with below freezing temperatures from the ground up at Springfield, MO during the morning of 02/02/2005. 
 
In preparation for the snow, the National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a Winter Weather Advisory during the afternoon of the 1st. To check out the advisory, click here.

 

Light snow continued into the morning hours of the 2nd...mainly north and west of Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Clinton (Van Buren County) and Mountain Home (Baxter County). Temperatures in these areas hovered in the lower 30s. An enhanced water vapor satellite image during the morning hours of 02/02/2005.
In the picture: An enhanced water vapor satellite image showed rain ending/drying over much of Arkansas during the morning hours of 02/02/2005. However, thicker clouds/light snow was evident across the northern counties.  

 

Snowfall totals from the event on February 1-2, 2005.   Snow ended during the afternoon of the 2nd. Amounts reached 4 to 6 inches in parts of north central/northwest Arkansas...including up to 5 inches in the Harrison (Boone County) area. For some snowfall totals, click here.
In the picture: Snowfall totals from the event on February 1-2, 2005.  

 

Snow Pictures
 
Below are some pictures from the event on February 1-2, 2005. To help you find the locations mentioned, and the offices that serve these locations, click here.
 
Roughly 6 inches of snow was measured around Compton (Newton County). Close to 8 inches of snow was observed at Mt. Sherman (Newton County).
In the picture: Roughly 6 inches of snow was measured around Compton (Newton County). The photo is courtesy of Gordon Gregory. Click to enlarge. In the picture: Close to 8 inches of snow was observed at Mt. Sherman (Newton County). The photo is courtesy of Jether Raney. Click to enlarge.
 
Almost 5 inches of snow fell in Green Forest (Carroll County). A look at downtown Fayetteville (Washington County)...where close to 4 inches of snow was reported.
In the picture: Almost 5 inches of snow fell in Green Forest (Carroll County). The photo is courtesy of Julie Smithwick. Click to enlarge. In the picture: A look at downtown Fayetteville (Washington County)...where close to 4 inches of snow was reported. The photo is courtesy of Sonia Gutierrez. Click to enlarge.

 


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