As of 9:45 PM on Sunday night, I estimate about 3,000 without power in Region 8 due to freezing rain bringing down power lines. Most of the power issues were South and East of Jonesboro.
Now, it's time to chat about Tuesday's storm. Tuesday is a day we have highlighted for icing since last Tuesday. The models have been very consistent with freezing air at the surface and a layer of warm air aloft. This appears to be a freezing rain setup. The timing of this storm has been a little questionable, but the models are coming into agreement that we will have freezing rain falling across most of Region 8 by lunchtime on Tuesday. The GFS model has been VERY consistent. This is the GFS at lunch time on Tuesday:
The NAM is similar, here is the "simulated radar" product from the NAM on Tuesday morning. All of the precipitation north of the red line on this map should be wintry weather:
I'll have a new blog on Monday that will be more detailed and I'll break down the bullet points of this storm.