Thursday was rather nice as we saw 60s and some sun, some clouds. Pattern will change a bit again to start the period as a new cold front moves through the state. Rain will increase across the west overnight and overspread the state Friday reaching the eastern counties by late afternoon early evening. This will be in response to upper level impulse moving through ahead of an approaching cold front. Rainfall will linger into Saturday morning across the southeast before clearing out statewide by the afternoon. Sunny days and clear nights will be common Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Temps will be cool on Friday with rain and cloud cover, but will warm ahead of the front with upper 60s to low 70s seen. Saturday night however, surface high pressure will filter into the region, bringing drier and colder conditions to the state for the end of the period. Areas of frost are possible Saturday night across the far northern sections and potentially into the Ouachitas and parts of the colder spots of Central Arkansas, but common in the north on Sunday night. Things look more likely for frost on Sunday night than Saturday but potential is there both nights.
No major changes to the long term this update with the exception of increasing rain chances at the end of the period. We will start with patchy frost on Monday morning with high pressure still in place we will see sunny skies and highs in the 50s and 60s. A gradual warming trend will be seen through the end of the period with 60s for highs and 40s for lows. Clouds will increase Tuesday but we will remain dry. Tuesday night through Thursday night pattern will shift from zonal to northwesterly allowing a new cold front to move through the area bringing an increase in rain chances to end the period. Temps beyond the period look to remain below average, in fact could get a little colder in time for Halloween but it's too far out to go into too much detail.