Weather Blog: Bitter Cold Expected for the New Year's Weekend

Get Ready... Dan Skoff Gives the Details of the 1, 2, 3 Punch That's Coming!

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - Get ready for a cold blast that we haven't seen in this area for quite a few winters.

A strong arctic cold front is moving in starting late tonight and pushes through this area overnight into Saturday morning (Surface Map and National Temperatures Below).  

This will be a shallow cold air arctic airmass, so the REALLY COLD weather will be delayed a little bit as the front stalls out in the Ozarks and the Boston Mountains.  With the front remaining just to our south Saturday morning, we'll see the potential for some light freezing drizzle and perhaps even a little bit of light sleet north of the front (overrunning precipitation) in the below freezing air for Saturday morning. (Surface Map Below)

On Sunday, the REALLY FRIGID arctic air plunges south into our area with highs remaining in the teens to lower 20s.  There will also be an inverted trough of low pressure that moves across our area to our south, which could squeeze out a little bit of light snow and possibly a wintry mix farther south.  The computer models are trending farther south with this batch of precipitation, but with the temperatures remaining well below freezing, any little bit of precipitation would stick and could cause some slick spots on the roads.

The final blow in this arctic blast will be the dangerous wind chill temperatures if you are planning on venturing out to ring in the New Year Sunday night!  Wind chills are expected to be below 0°F at midnight and in the -10°F to -15°F range Monday morning with actual air temperatures around 0°F.

In this type of dangerous cold, it's important to remember your 4 P's

P ets - bring your pets indoors to protect them from the cold

P lants - even though it's past the growing season, if you have potted plants outside, bring them in.

P ipes - insulate your pipes, and keep your faucets dripping to prevent your pipes from bursting

P eople - check on your elderly, and make sure that have a heat source and they're staying warm.

We'll have updates throughout the weekend, so keep it here with your Weather Authority for the latest. -- Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff

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