Arkansas Weather

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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.

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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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A powerful storm system is expected to bring heavy rain, powerful winds and some snow to parts of Arkansas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock described the storm system as a "three-headed monster" on its Facebook page. Southeast Arkansas is expected to see 3 inches or more of rain, while the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain areas could see 1 to 3 inches of snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service says some areas of northern Arkansas could see light wintry precipitation over the weekend but it won't stick around for long.

Forecasters say the northernmost counties could see a mix of light freezing rain and sleet on Sunday night, but no snowfall is expected. The Little Rock area is expected to see rain with a slight chance for freezing rain on Sunday.

But the weather service says a warmup is on the way for next week: forecasters predict sunny weather and highs in the 60s for much of Arkansas.

Wildfire
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Forecasters say Arkansas is at risk for wildfires Monday because of dry, windy weather.

The National Weather Service says winds of 20 mph to 30 mph are predicted for Monday with gusts possible of 40 mph or higher. A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

Forecasters say that the windy weather mixed with dry conditions will raise the risk of wildfires. The Arkansas Forestry Commission says the entire state is at moderate risk for wildfires, with burn bans in effect in four northern Arkansas counties.

Dozens of Arkansas counties have been declared disaster areas by President Barack Obama after severe weather and flooding inundated the state between December and January.

After the president's disaster declaration on Friday, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says 38 counties now qualify for federal assistance.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson had asked the White House for a major disaster declaration because it allows residents and local governments in the affected areas apply.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the Ouachita River in southern Arkansas.

Forecasters in Little Rock said Sunday that the warning will continue through Wednesday and includes parts of the river in Calhoun, Ouachita, Bradley and Union counties.

At 6 a.m. Sunday the river's stage at Thatcher was 82.2 feet and flood stage is 79 feet. Forecasters say minor flooding is already occurring and the river's level is expected to continue to rise through early Tuesday afternoon.

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A winter storm warning has been issued for the eastern half of Arkansas with forecasters predicting the potential for "significant snow accumulations" of up to six inches in addition to freezing rain and sleet.

Map showing areas with expected snowfall
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A winter storm that has areas of the eastern United States bracing for several inches of snow this weekend could also drop snow in Arkansas. 

The system is expected to unleash rain on Thursday night around the state, possibly shifting to snow by Friday. Meteorologist Joe Goudsward with the National Weather Service says computer models show the storm to be taking a path veering south and east.

 

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