LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE- The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of Arkansas. The counties in pink have the greatest chance to see damaging winds, hail, and a possible weak tornado. Watch Fox 16 for the latest.
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE- The Storm Prediction Center has expanded that area in the slight risk (level 2 of 5) for severe weather. Thursday night the area under the slight risk was much smaller over the far northeastern corner of the state, and now it covers most of central and eastern Arkansas. The yellow shaded area can expect a low chance for damaging winds and hail, and a very low chance of a tornado. The storms will be moving through late morning and early afternoon Friday.
Early Friday morning there was one tornado-warned storm in Madison county Arkansas. No damage has been reported there. There was one report of wind damage in far north Franklin county. The damage report was a downed tree over highway 23 in Brashears at 5:30 Friday morning.
THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE – Cloudy and rainy conditions are in the forecast for the rest of the workweek. This prolonged period of unsettled weather is caused by both the remnants of a former hurricane and a frontal boundary.
Former hurricane Pamela made landfall on the west coast of Mexico as a category one Hurricane. Soon after making landfall, it weakened into a tropical depression. The moisture associated with Pamela then made its way into Texas, Oklahoma, and western parts of Arkansas. This is why the National weather service issued a flash flood watch there.
A cold front will enter parts of western Arkansas early Friday morning. For the Little Rock Metro, the timing will be closer to the early afternoon. It will exit the state Friday evening. Behind the front, there will be a breezy northwest wind and much cooler temperatures.
The combination of the remnants of hurricane Pamela and the cold front is why we are forecasting a risk of severe weather on Friday. The storm prediction center has parts of Arkansas under a Marginal risk (Level 1 of 5) and a slight risk (level 2 of 5) for Friday. The Marginal risk is the green shaded area that covers most of the state. This means these locations have a very low chance to see severe weather. The Slight risk is the yellow shaded area that is located over the far northeast part of the state. This area has a slightly higher chance to see severe thunderstorms. For both of these regions, the biggest concern is for damaging winds, but hail and a weak tornado cannot be ruled out.
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