Little Rock saw colder conditions than Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, according to National Weather Service data.
Arkansas’ capital city recorded a low of 9 degrees, while nearly 4,000 miles northwest the temperature was 20 degrees higher in Anchorage.
Temperatures dropped to 7 degrees Wednesday morning in Little Rock, the lowest temperature the city has seen since Feb. 4, 1996, when the mercury dropped to 5 degrees.
“This signifies the severity of this cold spell, but we’ve had more intense and longer duration cold spells,” said Jeff Hood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.
The city’s all-time lowest temperature was recorded Feb. 12, 1899, when it was 12 degrees below zero.
About an inch of snow fell overnight Monday in Little Rock, with about 1.6 inches falling in North Little Rock.
The southern and eastern parts of the state received the highest totals Monday night, with Camden, in Ouachita County, and Palestine, in St. Francis County, recording the highest accumulations at 6 inches.
The cold isn’t expected to hang around over the weekend.
The National Weather Service said low temperatures will continue through this morning, but temperatures will rise above freezing across most of the state in the afternoon.
The warming trend is expected to continue into the weekend, with highs in the 50s and 60s.
Another weather system will move across the state over the weekend and will likely bring showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.
Some of the thunderstorms could be strong, according to the weather service predictions.