The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says scattered strong to severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging wind gusts are expected today into 8this evening from east Texas to Kentucky. A tornado or two will also be possible from Northern Mississippi to South Central Kentucky this afternoon. Other isolated severe storms may form tonight from East Oklahoma into Arkansas.
John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Little Rock, says we could see thunderstorm development from this afternoon through the early evening hours, primarily across central and southern Arkansas. If this development does occur, there will probably be a few severe thunderstorms. Damaging winds and large hail would be the severe weather threats. An isolated tornado or two could not be ruled out entirely.
From late this evening on through the overnight hours, there is likely to be another round of thunderstorms. A few severe storms will probably occur, and this could be just about anywhere in the state. Damaging winds and large hail will be the severe weather threats.
Through tonight, most rainfall amounts will be 1/2 inch or less.
Late this week into the weekend, an unsettled weather period will occur. There will be the possibility of both severe storms and heavy rain. At this point, the most likely time frame looks to be from Friday through the weekend. (That’s not to say that we won’t have some thunderstorms in the state from Tuesday through Thursday, just that the most likely time for more widespread activity will be later in the week.)
Keep up with the latest weather forecast for the Arkansas River Valley region here.
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