LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Our two-plus-week expectation of rain will end on Wednesday. Rain will be a welcome sight, but it will come with the risk of damaging thunderstorms.
The storm forecasting center has the entire state under marginal risk of severe weather. A marginal risk is the lowest risk predicted by the Storm Predictions Center. It is a level 1 out of 5 possible.
This means that a destructive thunderstorm is possible but unlikely. If we see a severe thunderstorm, it could produce small hail or wind gusts up to 60 mph. It is highly unlikely, but a weak tornado cannot be ruled out. Flash floods are also unlikely.
Storms will begin to appear as early as Wednesday morning in northwestern Arkansas. For central Arkansas, storms will move into the afternoon. Southern Arkansas has the greatest risk of the strongest storms and will see them in the evening.
Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered, so not everyone will get rain. After the thunderstorms leave, cooler, drier weather will set in.
– Meteorologist Alex Libby
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