Garrett’s Blog: Temperature Drop Alert!

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Summary: A powerful cold front will move into Arkansas and Oklahoma on Monday night dropping temperatures around 30º. Light rain and periods of sleet will be possible as the moisture exits. While winter weather isn’t likely to affect travel, the blustery northwest winds on Tuesday will drive wind chill values into the 20s. With lows on Tuesday and Wednesday night in the 20s or teens. A Freeze Warning is in effect.

Snow/Sleet/Rain: Moisture is lacking and the atmosphere doesn’t favor much snow in the ‘snow growth region’ of the atmosphere where snow dendrites form. There is some light amounts of moisture below that area which would result in either rain or sleet around 3 or 4am Tuesday. Some light rain is possible from 8pm to 2am. Worth repeating that nothing significant is expected.

Temperature Specifics: Temperatures will be in a free fall all day with blustery northwest winds. Here is a look at what to expect where you live:


  • 6am: Temp 29º Wind Chill 18º Winds to 30mph
  • Noon Temp 36º Wind Chill 27º Winds to 25mph
  • 3pm: Temp 38º Wind Chill 31º Winds to 15mph
  • 6pm: Temp 30º Wind Chill 24º Winds to 10mph
  • 9pm: Temp 25º Wind Chill 18º Winds to 7mph

Fort Smith/Greenwood/Sallisaw:

  • 6am: Temp 41º Wind Chill 34º Winds to 25mph
  • Noon Temp 46º Wind Chill 41º Winds to 15mph
  • 3pm: Temp 47º Wind Chill 43º Winds to 10mph
  • 6pm: Temp 39º Wind Chill 36º Winds to 10mph
  • 9pm: Temp 33º Wind Chill 27º Winds to 5mph

Temperatures will moderate for the rest of the week with highs eventually climbing into the 40s and 50s and lows in the 20s to low 30s. Next chance for rain will be Saturday.