Arkansas Weather

National Weather Service

Heavy rainfall and severe storms with hail and damaging winds are possible throughout Arkansas on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in the morning and spread across the state ahead of a cold front.

Forecasters said Tuesday that there's a slight risk of severe storms, with hail and damaging winds the primary threats, but tornadoes can't be ruled out.

Up to 3 inches of rainfall is expected in the southeast part of the state, with higher amounts in the Delta.

National Weather Service

Forecasters say severe storms could bring flash flooding, large hail and tornadoes to parts of the deep South.

The national Storm Prediction Center says more than 40 million people in several states - including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi - will be at risk for severe storms Wednesday.

In Mississippi, forecasters say 3-4 inches of rain will be likely in storms Wednesday into Thursday, which could lead to flash flooding.

National Weather Service

Another storm system is expected to reach Arkansas late Wednesday, with the potential for producing showers, 60 mile-per-hour winds, and hail that may measure up to an inch in diameter.

Isolated thunderstorms have been forecast for the Little Rock area, but the highest concentration of activity is expected to be in the western part of the state.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Willie Gilmore says the weather is typical of early spring, but damaging activity is possible.

National Weather Service

The Storm Prediction Center says parts of Arkansas are at a slight risk for severe weather on Wednesday.

Forecasters say western and central Arkansas could see strong winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center says "a tornado or two" could be possible, but the overall risk for twisters is low.

The area considered at slight risk for the severe weather stretches from Dallas to Springfield, Missouri, including all of western Arkansas.

Parts of Arkansas will be under a freeze watch this weekend as much cooler temperatures move into the state.

The watch is in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning for northern and western Arkansas. Forecasters say the area covered is west of Murfreesboro, Hot Springs, Conway and Hardy. Temperatures are expected at or below freezing by sunrise Sunday morning.

Daytime high temperatures should be in the 50s throughout the weekend.

Forecasters say isolated thunderstorms are also possible in Arkansas on Friday, but severe weather isn't expected.

Arkansas counties with disaster declarations.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Three more Arkansas counties have been declared disaster areas by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The addition of Columbia, Prairie, and Scott counties brings the total to 16.

The declarations follow flooding and heavy rainfall that inundated the state last week, with most of the damage in the southeast. The governor's office says additional counties may still be added as damage assessments continue.

The state is forecast to be relatively rain free for the next several days with a slight chance of rainfall re-emerging early Saturday.

Arkansas Department of Correction

 National Weather Service investigators will assess damage and determine if tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during severe storms that damaged several homes and two state prisons.

Meteorologist Michael Brown says it's believed three to five tornadoes touched down Sunday night. Investigators are being sent to Winfield in Scott County, Mount Ida in Montgomery County and to Grady in Lincoln County.

Brown said Monday that no deaths are reported, but seven or eight homes are damaged near Winfield and docks are damaged at the Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa near Mount Ida.

National Weather Service

A slow moving weather system passing through is promising heavy rain for the rest of the week, and may cause dangerous flooding in western and southwestern Arkansas.

As of Tuesday afternoon, up to seven inches of rain is being forecast, with the heaviest downpours predicted for the last half of the week.

Meteorologist Willie Gilmore with the National Weather Service says drivers should pay extra attention to road conditions.

National Weather Service

National Weather Service hydrologists have issued flood warnings for areas along the Ouachita River in southwest Arkansas, days ahead of an expected deluge of rain.

Forecasters say as much as eight inches of rain could fall in southwestern Arkansas and six inches in central Arkansas as a storm system wobbles across the state for several days. The rain is expected to start Monday night, but the heaviest downpour isn't expected to fall in Arkansas until Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says very heavy rainfall is likely for parts of Arkansas next week.

The weather service says the forecast is still tentative, but some areas could see 6 inches of rain or more. Forecasters are still trying to determine where the heaviest rainfall will occur when a storm system stalls out over the state.

Forecasters say the heavy rain is expected Tuesday through Friday of next week. As of now, central, northeast and southwest Arkansas are at the greatest risk of heavy rain, but the weather service says the forecast is still uncertain.

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