Bitter cold, chance of freezing rain expected in Arkansas this weekend

Weather Outlook

Main ideas:

  1. It is going to be cold.
  2. It is going to be mainly dry.

Those are the headlines from the National Weather Service and we could not have said it better! 

Here is what is predicted to happen this week.

A couple of cold fronts will push through Arkansas, each bringing in a cold air mass. The first of the two arrives Friday night. This will bring in a northerly wind along with an increase in cloud cover. Some areas of drizzle cannot be ruled out. Since some locations will manage to get below freezing by Saturday morning, patchy areas of freezing drizzle may occur, but it will not be enough to impact travel.

Be cautious on elevated surfaces, such as overpasses because those surfaces tend to run five to 10 degrees colder than surrounding areas.

Saturday afternoon brings a mix of sunshine and clouds with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. The second cold front arrives Saturday night bringing in a cold arctic air mass. We can expect strong northerly winds bringing wind chills down to dangerous levels. Wind chills or "feels like" temperatures can be expected to be in the low teens and single digits Sunday and Monday morning.

Moisture will be limited this weekend, but flurries/wintry mix cannot be ruled out Saturday night and Sunday morning with little to no accumulation. Keep in mind any moisture than makes it on the ground will freeze, so cautious driving will be needed.

Widespread below freezing temperatures are expected Saturday night through Wednesday. Some locations will reach above freezing temperatures on Wednesday, but it will be short lived. Another cold front Wednesday night will bring most areas back down to below freezing temperatures on Thursday.

The record for consecutive days below freezing in Little Rock and North Little Rock is 12 days set in 1983. At least we will not come near that.

Stay warm! I’ll be here all weekend monitoring conditions.

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