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Heavy rain, severe weather expected in coming days

Posted: December 19, 2013 - 1:20pm
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These graphics, courtesy of the National Weather Service, show expected weather scheduled to move through Arkansas in the next few days.   COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
These graphics, courtesy of the National Weather Service, show expected weather scheduled to move through Arkansas in the next few days.

Heavy rain and severe weather are possibilities throughout the state in the next few days as a weather front moves into Arkansas, the National Weather Service said.

Weather service meteorologist John Robinson said a cold front will move into the northwest region Friday morning, and continue southeast. In the night time hours, the front is expected to stall along a line from southwest Arkansas to northeast Arkansas.

Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible after midnight Friday in the Arklatex region, Robinson said.

On Saturday, the front is expected to move north as warm air, before it gets a “renewed push” in the late afternoon and evening hours Saturday. With the movement, best chances for severe weather are expected southeast of a line from Mena to Pocahontas on Saturday afternoon and evening. Damaging winds is the main threat of the storm, but isolated tornadoes have not been ruled out.

By midnight, the front is expected to exit the state, Robinson said.

Flash flood watches have already been issued for several counties in northern, western and central Arkansas from late Friday night and into Saturday evening. Rainfall amounts are expected to fall between 1 and 3 inches, however, some areas could see totals between 4 and 5 inches, specifically in the northwest region.

Chances for wintry weather are small at this time, but Robinson said light snow, or flurries, could be seen Sunday in northwest Arkansas.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories, log on to thecabin.net.)

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