Flash Flood Watch Issued for Western Half of State

May 12, 2014

National Weather Service
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  The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch effective through Wednesday for much of Arkansas as several rounds of showers and thunderstorms prepare to move into the state over the next few days. Meteorologist Charles Dalton says the risk of flooding is greatest in the western portions of the state, where much of the ground is already saturated from storms late last week.

"We're looking at probably pretty widespread 2-3 inch totals, especially across the western half of the state. The eastern parts of the state, maybe not so much. So we definitely have a risk of flash flooding," Dalton said.

Dalton also says the front’s setup is similar to one last week, characterized by a slow-moving cold front and the possibility of high rain rates of more than two inches an hour.

"When you're getting rain rates like that, flash flooding can come along within a matter of hours. I'm not sure that we're going to be seeing those kind of rain rates. That's really kind of a wait-and-see type thing. It's hard to forecast," Dalton said.