Winter storm watch issued for parts of Texas

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma as snow and freezing rain head toward the region.

The winter storm watch is in effect through Saturday night.

In Oklahoma, forecasters say 2 to 4 inches of snow is possible along the Interstate 40 corridor.

Some areas could see ice accumulations of about three-tenths of an inch, would could cause power outages and tree damage.

In Texas, forecasters say some parts of the Panhandle could see up to 6 inches of snow through Saturday.

The National Weather Service also predicts several inches of snow in northern Arkansas along with heavy rainfall in the southern part of the state during the weekend.

The Central Texas forecast calls for rain, but temperatures will remain well above freezing until the precipitation pushes out.

Thursday will be cloudy with highs in the upper 50s and a chance of rain.

Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s Thursday night as rain chances rise.

On Friday the rain may be heavy as temperatures rise into the mid-50s before falling back into the 40s overnight.

Rain chances stand a near 100 percent Friday and Friday night.

Rain is likely again Saturday as temperatures rise to around 50, but the precipitation will move out of the region as temperatures drop into the mid-30s overnight.

On Sunday, temperatures won’t get out of the 40s and Sunday night will be cold with temperatures in the lower 30s.