LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- It’s been a while, more than 190 days (April 20-22), since all of Arkansas has experienced temperatures as cold as they could be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings.
After chilly, rainy weather Wednesday, clouds will slowly clear out Wednesday night in north-central Arkansas which will allow temperatures to drop to near freezing or possibly below freezing. That is why portions of northern Arkansas have been placed under a freeze warning for Thursday morning with a freeze watch still in place for far northwest and central Arkansas for the same time.
A freeze warning is issued when temperatures are expected to reach 32°F or colder in the growing season. This product is usually issued during the locally defined growing season, or to highlight the first few freezes of the fall, or unusually late freezes in the spring.
A freeze watch is issued when temperatures of 32°F or colder are possible during the growing season.
With clouds holding on in central and south Arkansas, a freeze doesn’t look likely Thursday morning. However, frosty conditions are possible Friday and/or Saturday mornings. If trends continue, a frost advisory may get issued for much of the state for Friday and/or Saturday mornings.
A frost advisory is issued when frost is expected with nighttime minimum temperatures ranging from 33°F to 36°F in the growing season.
So, it’s time to disconnect water houses, install your outdoor faucet covers, bring in or cover non-hardy plants, and remember pets and livestock need protection from the cold too.
As far as precipitation is concerned with this system that is bringing the winter-like feel to the state, it won’t be cold enough for anything other than rainfall and a cold one at that.
Rainfall amounts will total less than 1″ across the state with the highest values near an inch being across southwest Arkansas.
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