Increased Threat of Wildfires in Arkansas Today/Threat of Severe Thunderstorms Later in the Week

The National Weather Service warns that southwest winds will increase across Arkansas today…with sustained speeds of 15 to 20 MPH becoming common.  Wind gusts of 25 to 30 MPH will be possible heading into the afternoon hours…especially over parts of north central and central Arkansas.

As a result…a Lake Wind Advisory is in effect through early evening for locations generally north of a line of a Clarksville…Little Rock to Pine Bluff line.  The breezy southwest winds will combine with low relative humidity values to produce an increased threat of wildfires over much of the state this afternoon.

Shower and thunderstorm chances will return to the forecast later this week as a new storm system approaches from the Plains states…and there will be the potential for some strong to severe storms.  However…it is too early to discern specific threats…as the forecast can and likely will change to some degree between now and later this week.

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