Arkansas Weather

tornado
KATV, Channel 7 News

Storm surveys conducted by weather forecasters show that at least six tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during this week's rounds of bad weather.

Of the surveys that had been completed by midday Friday, the longest-tracked storm was on the ground for 4.2 miles south of Possum Grape, in Jackson County. It had winds of about 110 mph Wednesday morning and was rated as an "EF-1" on a scale of tornado damage.

The strongest twister of the week was Tuesday night near Kensett in White County. The EF-2 storm had winds of 115 mph.

snow
KUAR News

Forecasters have issued a winter weather advisory for much of western and central Arkansas as a storm system heads into the state.

The advisory goes into effect early Friday and lasts until mid-afternoon. The National Weather Service says snow will start falling in the overnight hours then persist throughout Friday morning. Forecasters say snowfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains.

Forecasters say other areas could see just a dusting of snow or nothing at all.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas could be in for some wild weather next week as spring-like temperatures give way to thunderstorms and a cold front that could be packing snow and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures will reach into the 60s and 70s Monday before a cold front pushes in from the Plains to the state, triggering showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters say some of the storms could be severe across southeast Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says cold temperatures are expected across Arkansas and light snow may fall in much of the state.

Up to a half-inch of snow is possible by Wednesday night in the northwestern corner of the state and up to one-tenth of an inch could fall north of a line from Fort Smith to near Newport. A light dusting is possible in all but far southern Arkansas.

National Weather Service

The coldest temperatures of the year in Arkansas are expected to arrive later this week.

Meteorologist Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service said the temperatures, which have already been unseasonably low, are expected to drop even lower. Rain is expected for much of the state, but no significant snowfall is anticipated.

Arkansas Department of Health

A heat advisory is in effect for most of Arkansas with forecasters predicting heat index values approaching 110 degrees. The advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. Monday until 9 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says temperatures will be well into the 90s, but elevated humidity levels will make it feel more like 105 to 110 degrees.

Little Rock Nine former President Bill Clinton prime minister Tony Blair Bill Clinton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in Little Rock Thursday, sharing concerns about growing divisiveness in the world. They spoke along with members of the Little Rock Nine to graduates of a leadership program before severe weather cut the event short.

The event was held in the auditorium at Central High School, with the former world leaders lamenting changes that have led to a hyper-partisan culture.

Heavy rains throughout northeast Arkansas have delayed the start of the winter wheat harvest and damaged other crops in the state.

State cooperative extension service officials say the weather has delayed the harvest by at least a week. Harvest typically starts at the end of May in southern Arkansas and moves north.

Officials say the rains can reduce overall quality grain quality after the crop matures and lowers the price producers can sell their grain for.

Jonesboro flooding
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say a 13-year-old boy was found safe three hours after he was swept away in a flooded drainage pipe.

Jonesboro police say the boy fell into the storm drain Tuesday after storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain on the area, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. Two officers searching the area pulled the boy to safety after hearing his cries for help.

Police Cpl. Jason Chester tells television station KAIT that the boy said he clung to a pole until the officers rescued him about three hours after his ordeal began.

tornado damage
KATV, Channel 7 News

Investigators with the National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a tornado touched down in Saline County on Monday night.

Radar images indicate a high likelihood there was also tornado activity in the northern part of the state in Fulton County, with representatives of the weather service on the ground there.

80 mile per hour winds caused significant damage and power loss near the towns of Mammoth Springs and Salem.

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