LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- SATURDAY 3 PM UPDATE – Today, a disturbance moving across the Central U.S. will place Arkansas in an environment where thunderstorms will develop with some becoming strong to severe.
As of 2 PM, a tornado watch is in effect for parts of far eastern Arkansas until 9 PM. Central and south Arkansas are under a tornado watch until 11 p.m.
While all of Arkansas is under some form of risk for severe weather, the main area that will need extra focus will be east & south of a line drawn from Texarkana to Jonesboro. This is where the greatest chance for storm development will take place.
Large hail is the main concern with up to 2″ size hail possible. Given additional ingredients that will be in place, a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out as well as strong straight-line wind gusts between 60-70 MPH.
In addition to those threats, the potential for isolated flash flooding will need to be monitored. Thunderstorms may train over the same areas causing high rainfall accumulations over a short period of time.
The window for severe thunderstorms will be from 3 PM through no later than 2 AM. Keep in mind not all storms that form in this window will become severe but all thunderstorms will be capable of rain, thunder, and lightning.
Speaking of rain, anywhere from one to two inches of rain will be possible across the SE 1/2 of the state. For the NW 1/2, a tenth to a half of an inch is possible.
As mentioned earlier, thunderstorm training may cause localized areas to see a lot of rainfall in a short period of time. Because of this concern, a flash flood watch has been issued for counties highlighted green below. Be mindful of flood prone areas and avoid these this evening. Take all flash flood warnings seriously. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around. Don’t drown.
The Arkansas Storm Team will be monitoring this situation for you and keep you up-to-date through this article, all of our social platforms, and of course on the air as well.
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