Fort Smith expected to get 4 to 6 inches of snow. See the forecast

Alex Gladden
Paris Express
Fort Smith should receive between 4 to 6 inches of snow Sunday through Monday, and possibly on Wednesday. Dangerous wind chills are also expected for the River Valley region by the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

The National Weather Service is predicting that Fort Smith will receive between 4 to 6 inches of snow from Sunday to Monday. 

The weather service issued a Winter Storm Warning that is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.

Temperatures will stay under freezing throughout that time period, said Tyler Snider, a weather forecaster with the Tulsa branch of the National Weather Service.

Sunday's temperatures will range from 17 to 21 degrees. They will then drop throughout the night, starting with a low of 8 degrees Monday morning. 

The wind chill will continue to lower throughout Sunday. It will begin at 5 or 6 degrees and then go to zero degrees throughout the day. On Monday, the wind chill will start at negative seven degrees and might climb to zero Monday afternoon. 

“Yeah we’re pretty confident in the 4 to 6 inches of snow we issued for Fort Smith," Snider said. 

Snider expects the snow to be powdery and dusty, meaning that it will drift on to roadways easily. 

Travel is strongly discouraged starting late afternoon to early evening Sunday. By Monday morning, travel will be hazardous. 

If people do travel during the storm, Snider recommends that they bring an emergency kit because help could be delayed depending on the condition of the roadways. 

The storm will not have any mix of ice with it because the temperature is too cold. 

Because it's so cold, it will not take very much precipitation for the snow to develop. 

Snider also expects snow to develop late during the night on Tuesday through Wednesday. 

“We’ll see a brief break on Tuesday," Snider said. 

Snow could accumulate up to 3 to 4 inches. 

“There’s still quite a bit of uncertainty for that particular storm," Snider said noting that the forecast could still change between now and then.

Persimmon Seed Prediction on track

If the National Weather Service prediction is accurate, it appears as if the Times Record Persimmon Seed Prediction taken in September 2020 is beginning to take root.

Persimmon seeds at that time indicated western Arkansas would get snow this winter, but weather experts were skeptical.

The Times Record in late September observed the fabled fruit tree’s seeds displaced a spoon on the inside – a sign folklore, almanacs and others for years have said points to a snowy winter. National Weather Service Tulsa forecasters in September said the seed contradicts their early projections of a winter with above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation in the Fort Smith region.

People in the eastern half of the United States for years have used the shapes displayed inside persimmon seeds as a tell-tale sign of what kind of winter they expect to have. They say a spoon shape, which is displayed in the Fort Smith region, stands for a shovel to dig out snow. A knife shape is a symbol of the severity of a windy, icy winter. A fork simply stands for a mild winter.

Persimmon seeds that were cut open on Sept. 24, 2020, show a spoon pattern inside. According to weather folklore, the spoon pattern suggests a winter with a lot of snow. The National Weather Service's early predictions of this winter called for above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation.