Very cold air is on its way to Arkansas this weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Little Rock.
Wind chill values are expected to fall into the single digits to below zero across Arkansas Sunday night into New Year’s morning with the frigid temps expected to last through next week. Much of the state will remain below freezing for a probable six days straight starting New Year’s Eve with light wintry precipitation possibly falling across Arkansas late Saturday night through the day on Sunday (New Year’s Eve). Accumulations should be light, but anything that falls will stick because of the cold temperatures. The NWS is not expecting significant impacts, but the agency notes it doesn’t take much frozen precipitation to cause problems.
The NWS also noted Arkansas has had a period of very cold weather across Arkansas in early January of 2017, but that was quickly followed up by near record heat. In January 2018, however, the extreme cold is expected to remain for an extended period.
Anytime it’s expected to get this cold, there may be impacts across the state. Always remember to prepare a winter weather emergency supply kit in your car in case you get stranded. Inform friends and family about travel plans, and check idrivearkansas.com for the latest road conditions before heading out the door.
Make sure to dress for the cold, and be extremely cautious when heating indoors. Fires and carbon monoxide can become deadly when improperly heating and venting those heat sources indoors.