Thunderstorms which were in southern Missouri at mid-morning, today, will move into parts of North Arkansas over the remainder of this morning. And John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Little Rock says a few storms could be severe, with winds around 60 mph and/or hail around an inch in diameter. These storms will continue to move farther south into the state this afternoon, and again, there could be a few severe storms.
Later today, it appears there is a very good chance that storms will develop in West Arkansas. And a few severe storms are possible as the atmosphere over the western part of the state will be very unstable. These storms will continue into the evening.
To sum up, then…quite a few places over the northern half of Arkansas will see storms from late this morning through late this evening. In addition to the threat of severe weather, some of the storms will produce heavy rain. Totals of 1 to 2+ inches are not out of the question in some spots, and amounts such as these could cause some localized flooding.
Robinson also feels that the storms today and this evening will produce a considerable amount of cloud-to-ground lightning.
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