Arkansas Weather

The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County as a "StormReady" community next week.

Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April's tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities statewide since 1950.

Light freezing drizzle and rain along with sleet is falling in northwestern Arkansas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sellers said the Monday morning precipitation was spotty with the heaviest amounts falling in northwest Arkansas, leading to some icy spots on bridges and overpasses.

Sellers said the precipitation is expected to move out of the area by noon.

Several minor auto accidents were reported.

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An early season snowstorm dropped up to five inches of snow in parts of north Arkansas and left roads slick.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock said Monday that five inches of snow was recorded near Bruno in Marion County after the Sunday storm while 3 1/2 inches accumulated in Cleburne County and three inches in both Izard and Conway counties. Little Rock received just a trace snow.

The National Weather Service says October will likely be one of the warmest in recent years in Arkansas, although the end of the month is forecast to become cooler. A cold front is expected to move through the state on Tuesday and put an end to unseasonably warm temperatures throughout much of the state.

During the weekend, many areas reported temperatures in the mid to upper 80s - well above the typical readings of the upper 60s to mid-70s. The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says this October will likely end up being the warmest since 2007.

Officials in Malvern say a man was killed when a tree fell on his house during a thunderstorm.

Severe storms raked Arkansas on Thursday, and Hot Spring County emergency officials said Friday a man died when one passed through Malvern. A young girl in the home survived.

The bad weather knocked over trees and power lines in many areas of the state, cutting power to 60,000 homes and businesses. Winds exceeded 60 mph in some locations, and forecasters issued numerous tornado warnings from Little Rock eastward.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the deadline is nearing for small, nonfarm business in 16 Arkansas counties and neighboring parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi affected by drought to apply for disaster loans.

The deadline is Sept. 15 to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The loans are available to small, nonfarm businesses that are dependent on farmers and ranchers who suffered losses due to the drought that began Oct. 1, 2013.

Hot temperatures have hit central Arkansas after a record cool July. Central and Eastern Arkansas have temperatures in the high 90's with heat indexes above 100 degrees.  According to Charles Dalton of the National Weather Service, these temperatures are not out of the ordinary for August.

“We’ve got really strong upper level high pressure building across the central gulf states including Arkansas. So, we’ve had an a-typical summertime weather pattern stretching back the past couple of weeks and it’s just kind of swapped to a more normal pattern,” said Dalton.

The much-delayed hot summer temperatures are finally hitting Arkansas.

The northeastern and eastern parts of the state are under a heat advisory through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts heat index values of 105 degrees to 108 degrees in that part of the state. Elsewhere in the state, afternoon temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to upper 90s, with hot and humid temperatures in the forecast throughout the weekend.

But the weather service says a cold front is expected to push into the area by Tuesday.

The National Climatic Data Center says last month was the coldest July on record in Arkansas.

Research shows that the statewide average temperature in July was 75.7 degrees. That breaks Arkansas' previous record of 76.3 degrees, set in July 1967. It's also 4.6 degrees below the 20th century average for July.

The center says Arkansas' average daily high temperature in July was 85.9 degrees, which is the coldest in more than 100 years. The average low temperature in Arkansas 65.5 degrees, the coldest since 1947.

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Forecasters say this July will likely go down as one of the coolest in the Arkansas record books. Several rounds of cold fronts have move through the state, leaving the average temperature around 76.4 degrees Fahrenheit through July 30th, placing it tentatively as the second coolest on record.