Although there will be a few thunderstorms in Arkansas today, chances for any severe weather will be low. However, John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Little Rock says all of the state will have a chance for severe weather from Thursday afternoon into Thursday night as a line of thunderstorms takes shape and moves across Arkansas. Best chances should be west of a line from Magnolia to Little Rock to Mammoth Spring.
The storms should begin in western Arkansas during the afternoon and progress to the southeast. Storms will likely continue in the southeastern half of Arkansas after midnight Thursday night. Damaging winds will be the main severe weather threat, but there will probably be some large hail as well. I suspect that quite a few severe thunderstorm warnings will become necessary.
Rainfall amounts should average 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches. Local totals will reach at least 2 inches, but such amounts should be over relatively small areas. This will be the best chance for widespread rainfall that the state has seen in quite some time.
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