Storms are likely to develop across parts of Central Arkansas later this afternoon and this evening, An area of low pressure over Oklahoma with a trailing cold front across Texas will push Northeast into Arkansas this afternoon. Warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico is pushing Northward trough Louisiana and Arkansas ahead of the cold front. This will create enough instability in the atmosphere for the cold front to begin to trigger thunderstorms later today. Below is the surface map as of 11AM Thursday showing some rain lingering across Eastern Arkansas and the front to our West.
Despite cloud cover, temperatures will warm well into the 60s to near 70 in some spots. Storms for Central Arkansas will be most likely during the late afternoon into the evening as the front pushes into Arkansas. Below is the forecast map for 6 PM Thursday showing storms moving across Central Arkansas.
A few of the storms may be strong with isolated hail and wind gusts the main threats. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a SLIGHT risk for parts of Central Arkansas through this evening.
Storms will push through Eastern Arkansas later during the evening hours and out of Arkansas before Midnight.