Locally, there are shelter options for those without heat. The Salvation Army operates a shelter at 501 E. 12th Ave., which will be open beginning 4:30 p.m. each day. Lt. Kyle Madison said the shelter is currently staffed and is accessible in the back half of the building through the parking lot.

A strong Arctic cold front sweeping through parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas is expected to send temperatures plummeting into single digits over the New Year's weekend and bring the chance of freezing drizzle and snow in both states. By Saturday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said wind chills fell into single digits across northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

Forecasters say light freezing drizzle or snow will also be possible overnight in parts of southeast and east central Oklahoma and throughout west-central Arkansas.

The weather service says the lowest temperature readings will likely be recorded on New Year's morning, with values ranging from zero in far southeast Oklahoma and west-central Arkansas to around 15 degrees below zero in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

In Pine Bluff, the forecast calls for a low of of 13 degrees with windchill factors as low as -1 on Sunday. New Year's Day, the high will only reach into the low 20s, according to the NWS. A low of 10 degrees is forecast for Monday night, with a high Tuesday still well below freezing at just 26 degrees. Temperatures won't rise above freezing until sometime Wednesday, the NWS said, when a high of 37 is forecast.

Locally, there are shelter options for those without heat. The Salvation Army operates a shelter at 501 E. 12th Ave., which will be open beginning 4:30 p.m. each day. Lt. Kyle Madison said the shelter is currently staffed and is accessible in the back half of the building through the parking lot.

Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said she spoke with a Salvation Army officer and Pine Bluff Fire Chief Shauwn Howell about directing people to the shelter. She said Pine Bluff police officers and firefighters give blankets to anyone they see in distress.

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas office of community services employee Carolyn Ferguson said her colleagues are calling clients and visiting their homes to deliver food. The agency runs a senior citizen center at 801 E. Eighth Ave. and provides meals and activities.

Additionally, residents are advised to protect pipes in their homes. Experts recommend keeping taps dripping and cabinet doors open to expose pipes to warmer air. When temperatures are forecast below freezing for an extended period of time, unprotected pipes can easily freeze and burst.