The National Weather Service in Little Rock reports a cold front is just entering northwest Arkansas this afternoon, which will move slowly through the state Friday and Saturday with showers and thunderstorms.
This front will exit eastern Arkansas by Saturday evening. In the meantime, some of the thunderstorms are expected to become severe with the main threats being damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain. The service also says an isolated tornado can not be ruled out. SPC has issued an Enhanced Risk for severe thunderstorms for Friday and Friday night for west, northwest, and parts of central Arkansas.
The graph above shows probability of severe weather within 25 miles of a point. According to the National Weather Service, an “Enhanced Risk” means numerous severe storms are possible, along with the possibility of a few tornadoes, several reports of wind damage, and damaging hail of one to two inches in size.
(UPDATE: By early Friday morning, the weather service had lowered the this day’s risk from “enhanced” to “slight”.)
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