Heavy rain storms prompt weather alerts

Once a cool front passes through Friday night, much drier air will work into the area with gusty winds. Friday will be even warmer with highs in the low to mid 80s, and we'll see plenty of sun through the day.

TIMING: It still looks like the main window for heavier storms, possibly severe, will come from 3 Saturday afternoon until 3 a.m. Sunday.

Northwest Arkansas has an enhanced risk of severe storms Friday evening according to the National Weather Service. There is also a marginal risk for some severe weather.

And while the storm is still a few days away, Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich is keeping an eye on what's happening in the Midwest.

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In those areas, the primary threats as of Wednesday will be large hail, damaging winds and possible tornadoes.

Your temperature and wind flow model for a mostly sunny spring Thursday afternoon. A rather strong storm system moves into the Plains Friday with a line of storms expected to develop in the afternoon. Be prepared for heavy rainfall. Highs will be 20 degrees below average this weekend!

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In addition to the severe weather threat, the state's southeast half could see up to 6 inches of rain between Friday morning and Saturday evening. We could still have some lingering mainly-light showers into Saturday evening but even those should be wrapping up by before midnight. Sunday night and Monday night lows drop into the 40s. They said there also is a chance of an isolated tornado, although at this time that chance appears low.

  • Megan Austin