LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the potential for our first freeze in the next week, here are a few facts!
A freeze is defined when the surface temperature reaches thirty-two degrees or below.
The last time Little Rock saw below freezing temperatures was April 16, 2018.
On average, the first freeze of the season is November 13. The earliest freeze on record is October 20, 1989 and the latest freeze on record is December 9, 1998. Our northwestern counties typically see the first freeze happen in early November, central Arkansas in mid-November and south Arkansas in the third or fourth week in November.
High pressure is set to build in across the state on Friday behind a cold front. This will filter cold, dry air into the state through the day Friday and into Saturday. That means we will experience the coolest weather of the season so far!
While some areas in far north Arkansas will see temperatures at or below the freezing point Friday morning, the coldest air will be here Saturday morning. Most of the state is expected to be below freezing with Saturday morning lows reading in the twenties and thirties. Frost will be likely across the state.
Slightly warmer and moister air will move back over the state on Sunday. Another strong cold front will approach the state Sunday/Monday.
This front will bring up rain chances Sunday through Monday night with another shot of cold air arriving by Tuesday. This too has the potential to bring our temps back down to below freezing.
With the colder air moving in, remember the “4 Ps”- people, pets, plants, and pipes.
Check on people who may not have a source of heat, bring pets indoors, protect sensitive plants, and cover pipes.