Arkansas Weather

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Flood warnings remain in effect throughout parts of Arkansas after heavy rainfall caused some river flooding.

The National Weather Service says several rivers and streams in the lower Arkansas, Buffalo, Black, Spring and White river systems are flooded after the weekend's heavy rainfall.

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A storm system moving through Arkansas Tuesday caused scattered damage throughout the state and cut electricity to many homes and businesses.

A flash flood watch is in place for nearly all of Arkansas as a storm system is poised to dump heavy rain throughout the state.

The National Weather Service says the watch is in place from Monday night through late Tuesday. Some areas could see up to 5 inches of rain during that time frame, which could cause significant flash flooding.

A storm system moving out of the Rockies could bring heavy rain and possibly tornadoes to parts of Oklahoma and across Arkansas, and snow is possible in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The National Weather Service says rains Sunday and night into Monday could cause flooding and possibly isolated tornadoes in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. The storm is expected to continue moving eastward across Arkansas, dropping 3 to 5 inches of rain from central Arkansas northeastward, and more than 5 inches in parts of far northeastern Arkansas, while causing flash flooding in the region.

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 After several days of rain in Arkansas, all county-wide burn bans have been lifted. Little River County, in the southwest corner of the state, and Crittenden County in the northeast were the last of Arkansas's counties to lift their burn bans, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission's social media posts.

 

Rainfall over the weekend and on Monday has proven to be very beneficial in alleviating drought conditions in Arkansas, but officials say more is needed to completely remedy the situation.

"This rainfall will help ease the dry conditions across the state," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Goudsward. "We won't know the extent to which until about Wednesday when the new drought monitor is issued, but of course any precipitation will be beneficial and it looks like the south will see the best impacts of this rain."

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Among those wishing for rainfall, well, get ready. AccuWeather is reporting that Arkansas and several other south central U.S. states could see “catastrophic flooding” beginning as early as Friday and continuing into early next week. The rainy weather prediction has an Arkansas River operator securing barges.

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Fire crews are working from the land and air to suppress a wildfire that started near a tire dump fire south of Little Rock.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission said Monday that two bulldozers and two air tankers are helping fight the fire. Smoke could be seen through parts of Little Rock.

The National Weather Service says the danger of wildfire is high across Arkansas and a fire weather watch is in effect.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has also declared a high to extreme fire danger in all of Arkansas.

A burn ban is in effect for all but far northern Arkansas and the weather service says outdoor burning is not recommended

The weather service says warm temperatures, southerly winds and low humidity mean fires can start easily and spread quickly.

Arkansas Drought Map for October 15th, 2015
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Nearly half of Arkansas is in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought is most concentrated in the southern part of the state. Consequently, 51 of the 75 counties in Arkansas have instituted burn bans. Chris Buonanno, a science and operations officer with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said the worst conditions are concentrated near the state's border with Louisiana.

 

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