Arkansas Weather

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The Storm Prediction Center says parts of Arkansas are at a slight risk for severe weather on Wednesday.

Forecasters say western and central Arkansas could see strong winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center says "a tornado or two" could be possible, but the overall risk for twisters is low.

The area considered at slight risk for the severe weather stretches from Dallas to Springfield, Missouri, including all of western Arkansas.

Parts of Arkansas will be under a freeze watch this weekend as much cooler temperatures move into the state.

The watch is in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning for northern and western Arkansas. Forecasters say the area covered is west of Murfreesboro, Hot Springs, Conway and Hardy. Temperatures are expected at or below freezing by sunrise Sunday morning.

Daytime high temperatures should be in the 50s throughout the weekend.

Forecasters say isolated thunderstorms are also possible in Arkansas on Friday, but severe weather isn't expected.

Arkansas counties with disaster declarations.
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Three more Arkansas counties have been declared disaster areas by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The addition of Columbia, Prairie, and Scott counties brings the total to 16.

The declarations follow flooding and heavy rainfall that inundated the state last week, with most of the damage in the southeast. The governor's office says additional counties may still be added as damage assessments continue.

The state is forecast to be relatively rain free for the next several days with a slight chance of rainfall re-emerging early Saturday.

Arkansas Department of Correction

 National Weather Service investigators will assess damage and determine if tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during severe storms that damaged several homes and two state prisons.

Meteorologist Michael Brown says it's believed three to five tornadoes touched down Sunday night. Investigators are being sent to Winfield in Scott County, Mount Ida in Montgomery County and to Grady in Lincoln County.

Brown said Monday that no deaths are reported, but seven or eight homes are damaged near Winfield and docks are damaged at the Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa near Mount Ida.

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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.

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