The National Weather Service says colder temperatures and wintry precipitation is possible this week in Arkansas.
Forecasters say a cold front is expected to move through the state Wednesday and stall out in the southern part of Arkansas. The weather service says heavy rainfall is possible Thursday into Friday before transitioning to a wintry mix.
The weather service says more wintry weather is possible Saturday. Northwest Arkansas is expected to see snow, with a wintry mix expected in other areas of the state.
Temperatures in Arkansas are expected to dip to the lowest in the season so far Tuesday night. A cold front entered the northern part of the state Tuesday morning and will spread to the south throughout the day. A freeze warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Low temperatures for Tuesday night are expected to range from near 15 degrees in the northwest to the mid and upper 20’s in the south.
Senior Forecaster for the National Weather Service of Arkansas Brian Smith says the chance for any precipitation is very small.
Governor Mike Beebe had proclaimed this week as Winter Weather Awareness Week across Arkansas.
The state Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare themselves for wintry weather that can include snow and ice.
Bottled water and foods that don't need to be heated or refrigerated should be kept in homes. Automobiles should be winterized and residents are advised to put in their vehicles items such as blankets, flash lights, water, food and a first aid kit.
A new training video, informing coaches of how to protect their athletes from heat-related illness, is being filmed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week on Cabot Public School’s football field.
With temperatures reaching the triple digits, everyone is at risk of dehydration or even heat stroke. Athletes are especially vulnerable, but Dr. Dirk Haselow, an Arkansas State Epidemiologist says anyone spending any time outside should be careful.
A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.
Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.
"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving indoors...so the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis.