Arkansas Weather

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KUAR News

Forecasters have issued a winter weather advisory for much of western and central Arkansas as a storm system heads into the state.

The advisory goes into effect early Friday and lasts until mid-afternoon. The National Weather Service says snow will start falling in the overnight hours then persist throughout Friday morning. Forecasters say snowfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains.

Forecasters say other areas could see just a dusting of snow or nothing at all.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas could be in for some wild weather next week as spring-like temperatures give way to thunderstorms and a cold front that could be packing snow and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures will reach into the 60s and 70s Monday before a cold front pushes in from the Plains to the state, triggering showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters say some of the storms could be severe across southeast Arkansas.

National Weather Service

A wild weather weekend is on tap for Arkansas, with forecasters warning of possible tornadoes and mild temperatures on Saturday followed by the potential for snow on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says cold temperatures are expected across Arkansas and light snow may fall in much of the state.

Up to a half-inch of snow is possible by Wednesday night in the northwestern corner of the state and up to one-tenth of an inch could fall north of a line from Fort Smith to near Newport. A light dusting is possible in all but far southern Arkansas.

National Weather Service

The coldest temperatures of the year in Arkansas are expected to arrive later this week.

Meteorologist Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service said the temperatures, which have already been unseasonably low, are expected to drop even lower. Rain is expected for much of the state, but no significant snowfall is anticipated.

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Forecasters say unseasonably warm temperatures could lead to new record highs in Arkansas early this week.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says hot, dry weather will persist through Wednesday with a cold front expected to move through the state on Thursday.

Monday's forecast high in Little Rock is 90 degrees - which would break a record high of 89 degrees set in 1953. The dry, summer-like conditions were so widespread that the National Weather Service had a story on its website with the headline "It Actually Rained."

Forecasters have issued an excessive heat warning for much of Arkansas as the hot summer temperatures stay put in the state.

The heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday, and a heat advisory runs until 9 p.m. Friday. The National Weather Service says some areas could see heat index values of 110 degrees or higher.

Arkansas Department of Health

A heat advisory is in effect for most of Arkansas with forecasters predicting heat index values approaching 110 degrees. The advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. Monday until 9 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says temperatures will be well into the 90s, but elevated humidity levels will make it feel more like 105 to 110 degrees.

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KATV, Channel 7 News

Tens of thousands of homes went without electricity after severe thunderstorms downed trees and power lines throughout Arkansas on Thursday night. High winds accompanied the round of thunderstorms, as a tornado warning was issued. The National Weather Service later confirmed that no tornadoes touched down in the state, however. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Little Rock Nine former President Bill Clinton prime minister Tony Blair Bill Clinton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in Little Rock Thursday, sharing concerns about growing divisiveness in the world. They spoke along with members of the Little Rock Nine to graduates of a leadership program before severe weather cut the event short.

The event was held in the auditorium at Central High School, with the former world leaders lamenting changes that have led to a hyper-partisan culture.

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