The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army located near downtown Little Rock.
Image via Bad City of Little Rock

This week central Arkansas is forecast to experience some cold nights with temperatures dipping below freezing. The National Weather Service says Thursday night will be one the coldest nights so far this season with lows dropping into the mid-20s.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says the cold air is coming because of a change from a westerly direction to a northern direction.

"The pattern is changing a bit so the flow is coming more out of Canada," Lewis said. "That will drive a front into Arkansas from the north and that's where the cold air will come from."

With temperatures dipping into the mid-20s in Little Rock on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, The Salvation Army is preparing for a larger than normal group seeking shelter.

The organization has a 69-bed shelter located at 1111 West Markham that will be open, as conditions can be very dangerous for someone who has to sleep outside.

Salvation Army Spokeswoman Kathy Barbeire says the shelter accepts people on a first come, first serve basis.

She says there are people who sleep in a homeless camp a few blocks away from the shelter. They try to help those people as well.