State highway officials have closed Arkansas 28 in Scott County because floodwaters from the Fourche La Fave River undermined approaches to several bridges and other structures.
Heavy rains overnight pushed the river out of its banks. Spokesman Danny Straessle of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says Arkansas 28 has been closed from Parks to the Yell County line.
Straessle said fast-moving water washed out several sections of the highway near bridges and other structures.
At least nine people were injured when storms hit western Arkansas, including seven people hurt when tornadoes struck in Clark and Montgomery counties.
State emergency officials attributed seven injuries Thursday to tornadoes and two to a lightning strike. State emergency spokesman Tommy Jackson said four people were hurt near Oden in Montgomery County and three were hurt in Clark County. Damage was reported to homes, trees and power lines.
Two adults suffered serious injuries near Rogers in a lightning strike, according to Jackson.
The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says severe weather is possible in north and western parts of the state.
Forecasters say a weather system that brought devastating tornadoes to the Plains on Sunday was pushing toward northwest Arkansas on Monday. The storms led the way for a cold front, which is meeting a high pressure system that's over Arkansas and other southern states.
The high pressure ridge is causing the front to stall, with storms expected to develop over the northern and western Arkansas.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock says a strong cold front is heading for the state and is expected to bring precipitation and cold temperatures.
The front is expected to move across the region on Thursday, but meteorologists say no severe storms are in the immediate forecast. Temperatures are forecast to drop by as much as 35 degrees behind the front on Friday.
Some hail and damaging wind can be seen in the south east area of Arkansas Friday and Saturday.
Meteorologist Julie Lesko, with the National Weather Service, said, “We do expect showers and thunderstorms much of Friday and especially during the overnight hours into Saturday morning.”
“Best chance of anything severe in Arkansas will be Saturday afternoon and that is just chance of maybe larger hail and gustier wind but that mainly south of Little Rock area and south east Arkansas,” said Lesko.
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.