Calling it the most severe weather event in his lifetime, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he has extended the National Guard deployment through Friday to provide additional support for motorists and those providing emergency services in the 2021 Winter Storm.

“We have 100 guardsmen that are deployed across the state, we have 26 Humvees that are engaged, we have also approved two ambulance crews to help the emergency workers as they provide ambulance service,” Hutchinson said.

Dangerous cold will continue Tuesday night with lows in the teens and wind chills in the single digits. Hazardous travel conditions will develop as heavy snow develops in the west and moves east. Use caution if travel is necessary.

Widespread wintry weather will be seen Wednesday morning into early Thursday. This will keep the hazardous travel conditions in place as additional heavy snow and/or sleet will be seen. Snowfall amounts will range from 4 to 8 inches across a good portion of the area with locally higher amounts possible by Thursday afternoon. Some lesser amounts will be seen across the far southeast where more sleet will be mixed with the snow. Some freezing rain may also be seen in this area especially extreme southeast Arkansas. Expect this storm system to move out of the region by Thursday night. However, temperatures will remain well below normal through Friday with lows in the single digits and teens by Friday morning. Highs will be in the teens and 20s through Thursday. Warmer conditions will be seen by this weekend with the threat for additional hazardous weather becoming low.  — National Weather Service

Below are weather alerts for Southeast Arkansas counties from the National Weather Service:

ASHLEY COUNTY

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Thursday.
Hard Freeze Warning in effect until noon Wednesday.
Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Heavy freezing rain and sleet expected with some snow possible. Total ice accumulations of four tenths to seven tenths of an inch and total snow accumulations of one to two inches on top of existing wintry accumulations.

Numerous power outages and considerable tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel will be nearly impossible.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice and snow. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commutes.

Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 5 to 15 degrees expected. Highs will remain near or below freezing on Tuesday and lows on Tuesday night will once again range from near 15 to 20 degrees.

Hard Freeze conditions will result in damage to exposed pipes and water main breaks are expected.

With cold temperatures across the region, existing accumulations of ice, sleet and snow may keep roads and bridges impassable or dangerous to drive on.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

BRADLEY COUNTY

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. to noon Thursday.
Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Dangerous wind chills, blowing snow and additional heavy snow and sleet.

Four to more than eight inches of additional snow and sleet are expected. Wind chill values from single digits to 10 below 0 at times. Dangerous cold will occur through at least Tuesday morning with blowing snow. Heavy snow and sleet in the forecast Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets. Snow and blowing snow will make travel dangerous. The weight of too much snow may compromise some roofs of homes and businesses.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine with low wind chills. This could results in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means SEVERE winter weather conditions are expected or occuring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

CHICOT COUNTY

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Thursday
Hard Freeze Warning in effect until noon Wednesday.
Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Heavy freezing rain and sleet expected with some snow possible. Total ice accumulations of four tenths to seven tenths of an inch and total snow accumulations of one to two inches on top of existing wintry accumulations.

Numerous power outages and considerable tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel will be nearly impossible.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice and snow. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commutes.

Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 5 to 15 degrees expected. Highs will remain near or below freezing on Tuesday and lows on Tuesday night will once again range from near 15 to 20 degrees.

Hard Freeze conditions will result in damage to exposed pipes and water main breaks are expected.

With cold temperatures across the region, existing accumulations of ice, sleet and snow may keep roads and bridges impassable or dangerous to drive on.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

CLEVELAND COUNTY

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. to noon Thursday.
Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Dangerous wind chills, blowing snow and additional heavy snow and sleet.

Four to more than eight inches of additional snow and sleet are expected. Wind chill values from single digits to 10 below 0 at times. Dangerous cold will occur through at least Tuesday morning with blowing snow. Heavy snow and sleet in the forecast Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets. Snow and blowing snow will make travel dangerous. The weight of too much snow may compromise some roofs of homes and businesses.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine with low wind chills. This could results in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means SEVERE winter weather conditions are expected or occuring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

DESHA COUNTY

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to noon Thursday.
Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Dangerous wind chills, blowing snow and additional heavy snow and sleet.

Four to more than eight inches of additional snow and sleet are expected. Wind chill values from single digits to 10 below 0 at times. Dangerous cold will occur through at least Tuesday morning with blowing snow. Heavy snow and sleet are in the forecast Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and plants.

Snow and blowing snow will make travel dangerous. The weight of too much snow may compromise some roofs of homes and businesses.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine with low wind chills. This could results in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

DREW COUNTY

Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to noon Thursday.

Dangerous wind chills, blowing snow and additional heavy snow and sleet.

Four to more than eight inches of additional snow and sleet are expected. Wind chill values from single digits to 10 below 0 at times. Dangerous cold will occur through at least Tuesday morning with blowing snow. Heavy snow and sleet are in the forecast Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and plants.

Snow and blowing snow will make travel dangerous. The weight of too much snow may compromise some roofs of homes and businesses.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine with low wind chills. This could results in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occuring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

LINCOLN COUNTY

Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 p.m. to noon Thursday.

Dangerous wind chills, blowing snow, and additional heavy snow and sleet.

Four to more than eight inches of additional snow are expected.

Wind chill values from single digits to 10 below 0 at times.

Dangerous cold will occur through at least Tuesday morning with blowing snow. Heavy snow and sleet are in the forecast Tuesday through Thursday morning.

Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets.

Snow and blowing snow will make travel dangerous. The weight of too much snow may compromise some roofs of homes and businesses.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine with low wind chills. This could results in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.