Published March 21, 2013
Part of the same storm bringing snow to the Ozarks Thursday will survive the trip farther east Thursday night reaching northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, northwestern Georgia and the southern tier of Tennessee.
A narrow arm of snow and wintry mix will extend eastward from northern Arkansas Thursday night, reaching Memphis, Tenn.; Tupelo, Miss.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Rome, Ga.
Grassy areas and elevated surfaces can pick up an inch or so accumulation with locally a bit more possible.
Although it's the middle of March, we are in a winter weather pattern. Temperatures have recently been below freezing at night and will dip to near freezing Thursday night. As a result, motorists and pedestrians should be on guard for slippery spots, especially on bridges and overpasses or any areas that are typically shaded on a sunny day.
In short, there could be some slippery spots for the morning commute Friday.
A complex storm will affect the area this weekend. There is the potential for severe weather in parts of the South Saturday into Palm Sunday. The odds favor the strongest storms to fire from the I-20 corridor to the Gulf Coast and not farther north over the I-40 zone.
There is, however, the potential for locally heavy rain and flash flooding near and north of the severe thunderstorm zone, which could reach into part of the I-40 corridor. The most likely time for widespread heavy rain would be centered on Saturday night.