Rain and cold air is expected to move in to central Arkansas just before the Toad Suck Daze festival starts, but Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Mary Margaret Satterfield said the festival will go on barring any severe weather.
The National Weather Service predicted showers and thunderstorms likely Wednesday night, suggesting it will be followed by a strong cold front that will move through Faulkner County and the entire region.
The front will bring low pressure that suggests temperatures will be plummeting, keeping precipitation in the forecast for the foreseeable future and cold weather lingering through next Tuesday. In some northern areas, temperatures at night could reach freezing Friday and Saturday. Local Saturday temperatures could be in the 30s and 40s and reach record lows.
"If it’s cold the festival’s still going to go on," Satterfield said. "We may just have record breaking cold weather."
Satterfield said there are always sweatshirts and jackets for sale in the Toad Store if festival-goers arrive unprepared for chilly temperatures.
"Everybody can bundle up and still come out," she said.
Toad Suck Daze organizers will have a command center at the festival with police and fire representatives. Satterfield said they work with police, fire and the National Weather Service to monitor the weather and communicate any schedule changes should severe weather break out.
Satterfield said any rain would probably around more for set-up times than the actual festival.
The first live event starts Thursday with the annual Stuck on a Truck competition beginning at noon. Streets begin closing that night. The downtown Conway festivities beginning Friday.
You can see the entire schedule at www.toadsuck.org/schedule/.
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