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Downpours are possible Thursday night through Friday morning

Our next storm system is rain and storm chances. NWA may get their heaviest rain Thursday evening while the River Valley picks up their heaviest rain Friday morning.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After 70s and 80s Wednesday, rain returns to the forecast the rest of the week. Watch out for a scattered shower Thursday with heavier downpours in Northwest Arkansas by the evening, and heavier downpours in the River Valley arriving especially by Friday morning.

To track our incoming system, tap here for our interactive radar.

A severe storm is possible too, especially in Oklahoma. The threat looks low. Gusty winds and flooding are the primary threats.


  • Mostly Cloudy 
  • South winds 10-30 MPH
  • Dropping to the 60s


  • Clouds increasing
  • Stray shower before 5P (40% rain chance)
  • Scattered downpours, especially in NWA, after 5P (70% rain chance)
  • Highs in the 70s
Credit: KFSM


Other than a scattered shower earlier in the day, higher rain chances arrive by the evening. The heaviest rain will likely form along the warm front which will be near the Missouri - Arkansas state line. This may make NWA wetter on Thursday evening than the River Valley.

Credit: KFSM

By Friday morning, additional rain will develop to the south. That is when the River Valley will receive the bulk of their rainfall. Expect downpours area-wide Friday morning. Friday afternoon should slowly become drier.

Credit: KFSM

Overall, 1-3 inches of rain are possible in Northwest Arkansas, while 1-2 inches of rain are possible in the River Valley.

- Matt

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