Storms, Heavy Rain In Forecast For Arkansas

Apr 18, 2013

Severe storms are expected Thursday throughout Arkansas as a storm system and cold front gradually make their way through the state. 

The National Weather Service says isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are possible ahead of and along the cold front. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says western Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather, while the central and eastern parts of the state are at a moderate risk.

The same storm system spawned several tornadoes in Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday. The National Weather Service says "torrential downpours" are possible Thursday but widespread flooding is not expected.

Unseasonably cold temperatures will settle in after the storm system leaves Arkansas. Forecasters say some areas in northwest Arkansas could approach freezing early Friday.