Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Damaging tornadoes, big hail predicted in Arkansas

Damaging tornadoes, big hail predicted in Arkansas

Saturday will see an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high near 73. These storms will be capable of some gusty winds, brief downpours and lightning.

The severe threat increases slightly as we head through the day on Wednesday, as the actual front clears Mid-Missouri.

This week has been designated as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

Severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches have been issued for some portions of Central Georgia. It is important to note that if the morning rain lingers longer than expected that could help mitigate this severe threat somewhat but I will not have a good handle on that until at least mid-morning.

Some scattered strong storms on Friday: Friday's storms are much less certain; they may not even develop over Alabama and Middle Tennessee.

Storms could dump 3-5 inches of rain on the city by Sunday, with hail and strong winds possible on some days.

A large part of Arkansas, including Little Rock, has been upgraded to a moderate risk for severe storms that will bring heavy rainfall, cloud cover, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes Wednesday, forecasters said. The cold front triggering the storms will stall out across west Alabama, so Thursday afternoon looks rather warm.

We'll hold onto the nice weather into Tuesday with temperatures continuing to edge higher as temperatures slip into the low 80s Tuesday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 7 inches will be possible including some locally heavier amounts. A north northwest wind of 11 to 16 miles per hour will gust as high as 25 miles per hour. Just reiterating - the farther west you live, the less likely you are to receive meaningful rain. Conditions will be mostly cloudy with a high near 75.

Bad weather will continue throughout the week, with thunderstorm chances returning Friday and increasing Saturday.

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