LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The big cool-down that we have been forecasting for more than a week is here! But what was looking like a few days of below-average temperatures has turned into historic cold for mid-October.

Temperatures will be dropping each day through Wednesday. Monday will be cooler with temperatures in the 60s. Tuesday will be cold with lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s. Wednesday morning will be the coldest with two records set to fall!

The first record that Little Rock is forecast to break Wednesday, is the daily record low. The old record is 33° set back in 1989, and the forecast is 32°.

The second and more significant record is Little Rock’s earliest freeze on record. The old record is Oct. 20, set in 1989. Wednesday is the 19th, so we would break that record by just one day.

This cold is way ahead of schedule! Little Rock’s average first 32° temperatures is not until Nov. 14. For northern Arkansas, it’s just a week or so earlier than normal.

This winter-like chill will be short-lived. Temperatures will shoot back into the 70s and 80s by the weekend.

– Meteorologist Alex Libby

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