Arkansas Weather

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.

storm damage
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.

Heavy rains throughout northeast Arkansas have delayed the start of the winter wheat harvest and damaged other crops in the state.

State cooperative extension service officials say the weather has delayed the harvest by at least a week. Harvest typically starts at the end of May in southern Arkansas and moves north.

Officials say the rains can reduce overall quality grain quality after the crop matures and lowers the price producers can sell their grain for.

Jonesboro flooding
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say a 13-year-old boy was found safe three hours after he was swept away in a flooded drainage pipe.

Jonesboro police say the boy fell into the storm drain Tuesday after storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain on the area, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. Two officers searching the area pulled the boy to safety after hearing his cries for help.

Police Cpl. Jason Chester tells television station KAIT that the boy said he clung to a pole until the officers rescued him about three hours after his ordeal began.

tornado damage
KATV, Channel 7 News

Investigators with the National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a tornado touched down in Saline County on Monday night.

Radar images indicate a high likelihood there was also tornado activity in the northern part of the state in Fulton County, with representatives of the weather service on the ground there.

80 mile per hour winds caused significant damage and power loss near the towns of Mammoth Springs and Salem.

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