Temperatures will be well below freezing Monday and Tuesday nights.

South Arkansas will soon experience its coldest weather of the fall season.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said the arrival of a strong cold front on Monday will include periods of rain and drizzle.

A lake wind advisory will be in effect from 4 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday for Columbia County and surrounding areas of South Arkansas and North Louisiana.

Northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts in excess of 40 mph can be expected in the Four State area through the evening behind the front.

The threat for strong winds will likely shift further south and east late in the day into Monday night.

Wind chills during the overnight hours to just after daybreak will range from the low teens to the northwest to low 20s elsewhere. The actual overnight temperature will be around 27.

Precipitation will come to an end around midnight with a brief possibility of a wintry mix west of Interstate 30 with no accumulations expected.

For much of the area, a return to much colder, freezing temperatures will start soon after the precipitation ends. Low temperatures along and north of Interstate 20 will reach the mid to upper 20s with most sites north of Interstate 30 reaching the lower 20s.

Elsewhere, most sites south of Interstate 20 will dip just below freezing.

Tuesday`s high temperatures and Tuesday night`s low temperatures will be unseasonably cold with near record values approached or broken.

The NWS advises the public to take precautions now to protect pets, plants and pipes from this unusually early freezing weather threat.

The lake wind advisory predicts northwest winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph in portions of South Central Arkansas, North Louisiana and Deep East Texas.

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