Single-digit wind chills expected through the weekend with more snow possible

A person crosses West Avenue at Dickson Street in Fayetteville on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

A cold front that swept into the region overnight has brought dangerous temperatures with single-digit wind chills and scattered snow flurries that led several school districts to cancel classes on Friday.

Fayetteville Public Schools made the call to close at around 7 p.m. Thursday, and the University of Arkansas did the same a few hours later.

The National Weather Service said brief periods of patchy freezing drizzle may occur bringing hazardous travel conditions to parts of Northwest Arkansas.

Strong northwesterly winds are expected for much of Friday with gusts up to 40 mph. A wind advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, the weather service is currently predicting a chance of snow on Sunday and Monday, with lows in the single digits and a below-zero wind chill.

Several warming shelters are available with varying times and services in Fayetteville, including:

  • 7 Hills day center at 1832 S. School Ave. (479-966-4378)
  • Genesis Church at 205 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (479-442-1827)
  • St. James Missionary Baptist Church at 764 W. North St. (479-521-0961)
  • The Salvation Army at 219 W. 15th St. (479-521-2151)