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WHAT TO EXPECT: Severe storms will target Arkansas late Sunday night

A cold front is on the way for early next week, bringing rain and storms Sunday night into early Monday morning.


Severe storms will be possible tonight! All types of severe weather will be possible. Have a way to receive weather alerts tonight! 


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All of NW Arkansas and the River Valley will see the risk for severe storms. The highest risk for storms will be towards eastern Oklahoma. As the storms push east they are expected to slowly weaken meaning that severe chances will increase towards central Arkansas.

Most of the area is under a level 3 out of 5 risk for severe weather. This is on the higher side when it comes to severe chances. We normally only see a risk this high a few times a year which means we need to take these storms seriously tonight.


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All types of severe weather will be possible, this includes the risk for some spin up tornadoes. The biggest risk will be gusty damaging winds but large hail will also be possible.

Gusty winds up to 70 MPH will be likely along the leading edge of these storms. There maybe some pockets of ~1” sized hail. An isolated rain-wrapped tornado on the leading edge of the line may be possible. The tornado threat is higher in Oklahoma.  


As of Sunday evening, storms have already started to develop across central OK. These storms will then race east towards eastern Oklahoma around10PM-12PM. Most of NW Arkansas and the River Valley will feel these storms between midnight and 4AM.

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The 5NEWS Weather Team will be covering these storms for you all night long. We’ll be live on our 5NEWS app, YouTube, and Facebook, as well as breaking into Ch5.  

- Michelle

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