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Hurricane Ian is weakening while the drought is strengthening in Arkansas

While Florida weathers the impact of Hurricane Ian, barely a cloud in the sky is expected across Arkansas and Oklahoma the next several days.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Hurricane Ian struck the west coast of Florida, just northwest of Fort Myers at Coya Costa on Wednesday at 3:05 PM EDT. The storm continues to weaken on its journey north through Florida bringing destructive winds and flash flooding (10-25 inches of rainfall). In the meantime, Arkansas and Oklahoma can barely get a cloud. The drought continues...

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We're in need of a good soaking as we continue through this drought. The rest of the month looks dry. The next chance for a stray shower may arrive the middle of next week.

TONIGHT

-  Clear skies

- Dropping to the 40s/50s

THURSDAY

- Mostly sunny

- Highs in the 70s to near 80

- East winds 5-10 MPH

COOLER, THEN WARMER

Wednesday was a touch cooler across Arkansas, and it may get slightly cooler for Thursday too thanks to ENE winds. Those are dry, refreshing winds. Southerly winds will return into the weekend helping bring back above-average temperatures. Expect some 90s next week.

WILDFIRE RISK

Wildfire risk has been elevated across Arkansas. The southern half of the state is under a high risk for wildfires, while the northern half is in a moderate risk.. Dry weather will continue until we get some substantial rainfall and right now, not much is in the forecast.

Credit: KFSM

Burn bans continue to be activated across Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Credit: KFSM
  •  Matt

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