Much of the state is under a flash flood watch Sunday with heavy rains expected through midday Monday.
Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock says a storm front moving from the west is bringing the heavy rains. He says several inches have already fallen in portions of northwestern Arkansas.
“Near the Fayetteville area, nearly five inches has already fallen in some locations up there with several more inches of rain expected to fall across the rest of the state through the day tomorrow,” Hood said.
There is also a major river flooding threat throughout the state. He says the Arkansas, the White, the Black and the Buffalo Rivers could all enter flood stages due to these rains.
“People who are out and about, whether they are hunting, visiting family, camping, anything like that, if you have interest outside and you have to travel long distances or through rural areas, pay particularly close attention to water levels and the threat for flooded roadways,” Hood said.
Central Arkansas could see about 5 inches of rain from this storm system according to National Weather Service predictions.
The record high temperatures the state saw on Sunday have left the weather warmer than usual for much of the state, but Hood says those numbers are dropping from the northwest corner of the state southward. As of Sunday morning, temperatures in Conway were in the lower 50s, while one county over, in Little Rock, temperatures hit 70.
“There is a significant cool-down coming this way, but it will take a while to make its way into central and parts of southern Arkansas,” He said.