Winter storm hits Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday

Traffic moves along North College Avenue at the intersection of Rolling Hills Drive in Fayetteville on Wednesday.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

A winter storm hit the area Wednesday morning and brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Fayetteville Public Schools moved to online learning, and classes at the University of Arkansas were cancelled.

Trash and recycling collections were also suspended because of the weather.

The wintry precipitation has been heavy at times and could last into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Total sleet accumulation of up to one inch is expected in some areas, along with the potential for a few isolated thunderstorms.

Precipitation will likely end by Thursday evening, forecasters said.

In Fayetteville, a high temperature of 24 and a low of 21 is expected on Wednesday, and a high of 34 and low of 13 is expected on Thursday. Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny with a high near 37 degrees.

The current daily forecast shows temperatures reaching the mid-40s to low-50s with partly cloudy to sunny skies for the weekend.