Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin developing in the state late tonight or early Thursday. John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, says a very rainy period is shaping up from Thursday through Thursday night and into the first part of the day Friday. Some of the rain will be heavy. Rain will gradually taper off from west to east Friday afternoon and evening.

Rainfall amounts should average 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches over the northern part of Arkansas, 1 1/2 to 3 inches through the central third of the state, and 2 to 5 inches over the southern part of the state. The areas of heaviest rain are still subject to change. It seems pretty likely that some Flash Flood Warnings will be necessary as this rain moves through Arkansas.

On Thursday afternoon and evening, isolated severe storms could occur over the southern half of the state. Best chances will be in the Arklatex region.

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