Saturday morning, Dec. 30:

The National Weather Service, North Little Rock, updated its weekend forecast Saturday morning as the expected cold front draws closer to the state.

It is going to be cold, with wind chill advisories showing an expectation below 0 degrees in the north part of the state (excluding the Fayetteville area). The most likely chance for sleet and snow are in the very southeast corner of the state, in the Monticello area.

Saturday temps will get above freezing in central and south Arkansas, and calls for a limited, light, winter mix are made for Saturday night into Sunday morning are in place for that region. Due to the cold, any winter precip is expected to stick, but forecasters are still holding on to the breezy air Sunday night into Monday morning to remove most accumulation.

Dress warm. Driving conditions are available on idrivearkansas.com.

Friday afternoon, Dec. 29

The National Weather Service North Little Rock office is projecting a very cold weekend heading into New Year’s Day on Monday. 

The front expecting to hit the state Saturday night has the chance for some precipitation into Sunday, New Year’s Eve. Precipitation will be light, but will, due to the cold weather, stick. The precipitation may include light snow. Breezy winds will come in Sunday afternoon, which is expected to eliminate any accumulation.

The precipitation carrying front will form a band over the west and south of the state, its forward edge predicted, in Friday morning’s forecast, to run from Harrison, south to just slightly east of Little Rock, then begin an eastern swing covering the south, its edge to roughly Stuttgart.

Cold, bitter cold, will be a big part of the weekend weather, with single digit temps and wind childs in the 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Travelers are reminded to consider the importance of an emergency vehicle kit. Motorists can check idrivearkansas.com for updates.