LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- THURSDAY 5:15 PM UPDATE– Before we head into Memorial Day weekend, we are keeping an eye on a weather system that is bringing showers and storms to Arkansas now and into the early overnight hours. Some of those storms could be strong to severe.
As a cold front begins to slowly push southeast, this will encourage showers and storms that are already just to the north and northwest of the state to move through Arkansas.
Thunderstorms will have the potential of becoming severe with wind being the main threat. That is why a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 1 AM for much of the state.
Damaging straight-line wind will be the main concern as noted above. Wind gusts with any severe storm could range from 60-80 MPH.
Isolated large hail and a brief tornado are lower risks but cannot be ruled out.
Storms should move quickly so flash flooding should be limited overall.
Showers and storms will begin to pick up momentum over the next few hours with the leading edge of activity moving into the central section of the state after 8 PM.
By midnight, most activity should be across the SE 1/2 of Arkansas with any severe potential wrapping up by 1 AM.
Storms should be moving quickly enough that the flash flooding risk will remain low. Overall, areas across the NW 1/4 of the state could experience rainfall amounts ranging from 1″ to 2″. Rainfall for the rest of the state should stay below 1″.
Some areas in far NW Arkansas may have rain totals exceed 2″ in a short period of time. This is where the concern for isolated flash flooding will be possible. Because of this, a flash flood watch is in effect for counties in green until 1 AM.
The Arkansas Storm Team will be watching this severe weather risk closely. We will be updating this article, our social media sites, and of course our newscasts with the latest throughout the evening.
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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND:
This cold front that brings in the rain and storms Thursday night will clear the state and usher in dry, comfortable air for Memorial Day weekend.