LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fall is our second severe weather season in Arkansas and severe weather is expected Friday night.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued severe weather risks for nearly the entire state. The greatest potential for damaging thunderstorms is in southwestern Arkansas, where they present an increased risk (level 3 out of 5). Most of western and central Arkansas is under slight risk (level 2 of 5). Eastern Arkansas has the lowest risk of severe weather with marginal risk (level 1 out of 5).
For this series of thunderstorms, the greatest risk is damage from straight-line winds over 60 MPH. With the threat of wind high, many Arkansans could wake up without power on Saturday morning. Tornadoes embedded in the thunderstorm line will also be possible, but the risk is low. Hail and flooding are not a major concern with this system.
Thunderstorms will begin to move into western Arkansas Friday evening. The fast-moving storms will impact central Arkansas overnight and be out of state Saturday morning.
Since these thunderstorms propagate at night, it is important that you have a way to receive notifications on your smartphone or that your weather radio is fully charged.
There is a link to download the Arkansas Storm Team weather app below.
– Meteorologist Alex Libby
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