The first frost or light freeze of fall could be here before you know it.
Temperatures will likely tumble into the 30s area wide Friday night into Saturday morning. The latest run of FutureTrack shows temperatures near or just below freezing across the I-30 corridor at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Most places near and south of I-20 will likely stay above freezing, but will likely drop into the 30s.
The northern half of the ArkLaTex could experience a frost or light freeze Saturday morning. A frost is more likely for the I-30 corridor, which includes Mount Pleasant, TX, Texarkana and Hope, AR. A light freeze will be possible north of I-30.
A Freeze Watch or Warning could be issued for McCurtain Co., OK, Red River Co., TX, Bowie Co., TX, Little River Co., AR, Sevier Co., AR and Howard Co., Ar Thursday afternoon or on Friday.
Freeze Watches have already been issued for other parts of OK and AR.
With a frost or light freeze possible, make sure to protect sensitive plants by covering them up or bringing them inside. Also, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure to bring them inside as well or give them a warm, dry shelter. You should also give them fresh water and food.
Temperatures will likely not be cold enough to burst pipes. Temperatures will only drop a few degrees below freezing for a short period of time. However, it will probably be a good idea to wrap or cover any exterior pipes.
Another reinforcing shot of cold air will arrive late this weekend or early next week. This will keep temperatures well below average for this time of year.
Afternoon highs will only be in the 50s for the next week or so. Highs on Tuesday might not get out of the 40s. Our average high for this time of year is in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees, so temperatures will be well below average for this time of year.
The first freeze for the entire area will be possible Tuesday night. The latest run of FutureTrack shows most of the area will drop into the mid to upper 20s Wednesday morning.
The average date of the first freeze in fall is November 15.
Unfortunately, there are no signs of significant warm up through the middle of November. The temperature outlook for November 13-17 favors below average temperatures. The darker the blue the higher chance of below temperatures.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert on the potential for a freeze this Saturday and next week.