LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — After a fairly wet Thanksgiving and holiday weekend in Arkansas, we are expecting it to be drier and warmer as we return to the work week. Unfortunately, there is the threat for severe weather on the horizon before mid-week.
Warm and humid air will slowly return to the region by Tuesday afternoon ahead of a cold front.
This warm, moist air along with high wind energy and an unstable air mass are some of the ingredients we’ll have in place that sets up the potential of seeing strong to severe storms.
The Storm Prediction Center has put Arkansas under a low to medium severe storm risk, or a level 2, 3 out of 5. There has been a slight eastern shift of the risks this morning, but a significant threat is still there for east and southeast Arkansas.
All severe weather risks are on the table such as damaging winds gusts of up to 60 mph, large hail and even a few tornadoes, including the potential for a few strong long-track ones.
Severe weather threat in Arkansas
Latest model guidance has indicated scattered showers and storms forming late Tuesday afternoon and evening mainly across the eastern half of the state, continuing into Mississippi during the overnight hours.
The threat of severe weather should be exiting most, if not all, of Central Arkansas by Tuesday night around 8 p.m.
Ahead of the severe weather threat, make sure you know the difference between a Tornado Watch vs. Warning.
A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms that could produce tornadoes. A warning means a tornado is imminent or occurring.
At this time, it's best to go over your severe weather plans. The THV11 Weather Team wants you to stay safe, stay prepared and stay informed.
Know your safe places, have a way to receive weather alerts, and make sure you charge all your electronic devices. Stay tuned to THV11 for the latest on changing weather conditions.
The THV11 Weather Team is watching the weather situation very closely and will keep you informed!
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