by John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Little Rock
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will occur this afternoon, especially in northern and western Arkansas. From tonight through Sunday morning, showers and thunderstorms will be numerous across the state and there will be areas of heavy rain. Precipitation will diminish from west to east Sunday afternoon.
If there are any severe storms in the state, they would be isolated. Best chances would be in southern Arkansas after midnight tonight and in eastern and southeastern Arkansas Sunday morning.
Rainfall amounts will average 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches with local totals around 2 inches. I am a little concerned about clusters of strong storms developing near the Gulf coast tonight. If this occurs, some of the moisture that would otherwise flow up into Arkansas would remain to the south of us. As a result, rainfall amounts would end up being somewhat less than expected.
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