LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – 7 PM, Saturday, Update– A cold front approaches this evening with showers and possibly a few strong storms. Widespread clouds from today has kept the amount of energy thunderstorms need to a minimum, reducing the overall threat of severe weather. In addition, upper winds are only marginally conducive for severe storms. A few storms could still be briefly strong, with gusty winds the main concern. However, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
The Storm Prediction Center indicates a marginal risk for severe storms tonight for much of Arkansas, with a Slight risk area Northwest where strong wind gusts are more likely. The main concern with the storms tonight will be some locally strong wind gusts.
At 4 PM, the Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch as the environment is favorably weak for a brief spin-up. The threat for a tornado is low but not zero. As of this 7 PM update, the watch remains in effect until 10 PM. Based on the intensity and speed of the line of thunderstorms, Arkansas counties will likely be removed from the watch before then.
Storms will approach Western Arkansas by around 6 PM this evening, then reach Central Arkansas between 10 PM and midnight. Weakening storms will move into Eastern Arkansas early Sunday morning.