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A warm front will slowly lift northward across Arkansas today and tonight. Scattered showers and few thunderstorms will be possible through much of today, but the chances of severe weather will be limited. By tonight, the warm front is expected to situated over northern Arkansas, with showers and thunderstorms becoming more widespread. Strong and severe storms will be possible, with large hail and damaging winds to primary concerns. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out. Heavy rains will also be possible, increasing the potential for flash flooding.
Severe thunderstorms are anticipated again on Saturday and Saturday night. The main threats will be damaging winds and large hail with isolated tornadoes. Also, heavy rainfall is anticipated with the coming storm system. Heavy rain is expected through the weekend. This could lead to flash flooding from some of the stronger thunderstorms, and possible river flooding.
Unsettled weather will continue across Arkansas through this weekend as a slow moving storm system impacts the region. The highest rainfall amounts through Sunday still appear to be concentrated over the northwest half of the state, where 4 to 6 inches of rainfall are possible, with isolated higher amounts. The rest of the state can expect from 1 to 3 inches of rainfall over the next few days.
How much rain will we get? There are two players to consider. Player one is a warm front lifting northward through Arkansas today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop along and north of the front today and tonight, mainly north of Little Rock. How much of the north will be involved? It will depend on the placement of the front. Player two will be a storm system to the west. The speed of the system will be slow due to a ridge of high pressure to the east. Ahead of the system, another slug of rain will arrive Saturday night into Sunday. Precipitation may stall for awhile in the western counties, but will gain momentum to the east as the system wobbles through. How long will precipitation persist in the west? The bottom line is there are still some questions to be answered heading into this potentially huge rain event. How this shakes out will determine how much rain we actually get.

 
Hourly Weather Roundup ( )
Location Sky/Weather Temp Dewpt RH Wind Baro Remarks
Fayetteville
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Harrison
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Mountain Home
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Jonesboro
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Fort Smith
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Russellville
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Mount Ida
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Hot Springs
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Little Rock
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West Memphis
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Texarkana
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El Dorado
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Pine Bluff
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Monticello
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Note: "N/A" or "MISG" will be displayed if values are not available. In the LOCATION column, click on links for a list of recent observations at sites of interest. In the WIND column, VRB is "variable" and G is "gust". Wind speeds are in MPH. In the BARO (pressure) column, values are in inches. In the REMARKS column, HX is "heat index", WCI is "wind chill index", and VSB is "visibility" (if shown).
 
 
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