Rain and storms last through Thursday evening and night across Arkansas. The highest risk for severe storms is over southwest Arkansas. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 1am for parts of southwest Arkansas including: De Queen, Texarkana, Arkadelphia, Camden & Magnolia.

The strongest activity is expected ahead of a cold front moving in from the northwest. Behind the cold front, freezing and sub-freezing temperatures settle in.

Wind is the primary threat with the line of storms moving into central Arkansas. Heavy rain could also lead to some flash flooding Thursday evening, with 1″ to 1½” of accumulation. The risk for hail is present, but will be lower and isolated. The threat for tornadoes is slim for central Arkansas, with the higher threat over southwest Arkansas.

Storm Prediction Center has put De Queen, Ashdown & Texarkana under a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) for strong to severe storms. This includes: Mena, De Queen, Murfreesboro, Gurdon, Nashville, Hope, Camden, Magnolia, El Dorado & Crossett.