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