Approximately one-third of Arkansas, including Faulkner County, remains under a flash flood watch as rain continues to move through the state Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.
The flash flood watch applies to much of the central-third of the state, extending from Fort Smith to as far east as Brinkley. A flash flood watch for Faulkner County will be in effect through late Tuesday night.
John Robinson, warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service, says an area of heavy rain, currently in western Arkansas, is expected to move east-southeast and weaken around noon or the early afternoon hours.
Robinson said the heaviest rain over the next 24 hours is expected to occur south of a line from Fort Smith to Brinkley. Averages of 1 to 2 inches are expected, although totals of 3 to 4 inches are possible.
Severe weather is not expected in the middle of the state, including Faulkner County, due to the area already receiving multiple showers and thunderstorms this week, Robinson said. Chances of severe weather are expected to be highest in south Arkansas, generally south of a line from Mena to Star City, the weather service said.
Robinson said the majority of the system is expected to be over by mid-morning Wednesday.