Thunderstorms should enter western Arkansas around midday on Thursday. They will make their way toward the east after that. The storms will probably reach the tornado clean-up areas by late afternoon. Storms will progress into eastern Arkansas during the evening, and will probably linger in the eastern half of the state after midnight.
We could see a few severe storms during Thursday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main severe weather threats. While an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out this time of year, chances for tornadoes look to be rather low at this point.
Some storms will probably continue in eastern Arkansas on Friday morning. Then, some redevelopment of storms is likely to take place in the state during the afternoon and evening. These storms should be scattered here-and-there, so it’s difficult at this point to say when they will be in any given area. A few of the storms could be severe, and it is possible that the severe weather threat on Friday will be a little greater than on Thursday.
An unsettled weather pattern is expected through the weekend and into early next week. For Saturday and Sunday, storms are expected to be scattered here-and-there. Monday afternoon and evening could offer a better chance for more organized storms.
Rainfall amounts through the weekend should average 1 to 2 inches in many areas, and local totals will probably reach 3 inches or so.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service, Little Rock