BLOG: Hard Freeze Warning, First Of The Season

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The strongest cold front of the fall season will arrive Monday night setting the stage for the first area-wide hard freeze.

The cold air will start to move into Northwest Arkansas late Monday. Futurecast is showing the front edging into NWA around 10pm Monday. 10p

There is a small chance that a light winter mix of a few snow flakes or sleet falls late Monday night and Tuesday morning in Northwest Arkansas as the cold air rolls into the area. HD Futurecast indicates pockets of a light winter mix will be possible in NWA during the early morning hours of Tuesday. NO ACCUMULATION OR TRAVEL PROBLEMS EXPECTED. winter mix

Temperatures will quickly fall throughout the night. By Tuesday morning, much of Northwest Arkansas will fall into the 20’s with areas in the River Valley seeing temperatures below freezing. 6am

A FREEZE WARNING is in effect for Northwest Arkansas and parts of the River Valley Monday night into Tuesday morning. FREEZE1

Winds will be gusty early Tuesday morning and with temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s the wind chill will drop into the teens and 20s by the time the kids head out for the bus stop.

Temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 30s on Tuesday afternoon in NWA and the lower to mid 40s in the River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma. 2pm

The one bit of good news for Tuesday? Winds will start to die down later in the afternoon.

By Tuesday night, skies will be clear and winds will continue to drop off….a good recipe for very cold lows. Futurecast is showing a widespread hard freeze across most of the area by Wednesday morning. A hard freeze is when temperatures reach 28. There will be some areas that see a killing freeze, with temps falling to, or below 24. 6amwed

Some area could even fall into the upper teens early Wednesday morning in Northwest Arkansas. Because of this, a HARD FREEZE WARNING has been issued for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning for all of Northwest Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma and portions of the River Valley. FREEZE2

It would be a good idea over the next few night to bring in, or cover any tender plants and pets that normally sleep outside.