WINTER IS COMING: Actually, winter is already here.

Remember those abnormally warm 70 degree January days? Oh, how we will think about them as ice falls from the sky this week.

The Little Rock Police Department and city of Little Rock announced Monday that with the onset of inclement weather, the Dunbar Community Center will open at 7 p.m. and remain open as needed.


Aaron Reddin, leader of the homelessness assistance group The Van, said that the organization will be operating the warming shelter. Those in need of transportation to the shelter can call 501-955-3444 for a free ride Monday.

The Dunbar Community Center is at 1001 W. 16th Street, and it has acted as a warming center in the past. The basic necessities, like water food, sleeping mats and blankets are provided. Above all else, it’s a place for emergency shelter.


Two members from The Van will be on site at all times, Reddin said. Additionally, a member from the city’s emergency management team, a parks employee and two LRPD officers will be present.

“I appreciate the work of The Van, City staff and our other community partners who will help us ensure safety and warmth for our residents during this winter weather event,” Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said in a Monday release.


KATV-7 Meteorologist Todd Yakoubian ran through the weather details earlier Monday. He said to expect a “true Arkansas slushy” of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. Central Arkansans should prepare for ice to start falling from the sky sometimes Tuesday afternoon. Read more about Yakoubian’s forecast here.

The city’s Monday release also noted that Public Works “is working 12-hour shifts until the inclement weather concludes. There is an ample supply of sand and salt mixture if needed for City streets, and both large and small trucks are fitted with spreaders and plows.”