Rain will increase from west to east across Arkansas today and tonight…and John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office at Little Rock says some thunderstorms will occur, especially from later tonight into the day Thursday, although chances for severe storms are rather low.
The main focus will be on the threat of heavy rainfall, especially in the western part of the state. Flash Flood Watches have been issued for parts of the Arkansas River Valley and the Ouachita Mountain region. These Watches begin later today and continue into the day on Thursday.
The heaviest rain is expected to fall in the areas covered by the Watches. In these places, 1 to 3 inch amounts should be common, and some totals to around 5 inches are not out of the question in the Ouachitas. In most other parts of Arkansas, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches should be common. The least rain should fall in northeast Arkansas, where most amounts are likely to be less than 1/2 inch.
Robinson says the bulk of the rain should exit Arkansas by early Thursday evening.