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Weather Alert Day: Saturday

Complicated weather pattern playing out for the next 24 hours. There are two key time-frames to watch for strong to severe thunderstorms. A complex that’s...
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Complicated weather pattern playing out for the next 24 hours. There are two key time-frames to watch for strong to severe thunderstorms. A complex that’s currently underway in Oklahoma will roll east into our area late tonight and into the morning. These storms will mostly pose a risk of damaging winds. As the boundary stalls, the atmosphere will become increasingly unstable with strong to severe thunderstorms redeveloping along a stalled boundary in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas.

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The storms late Friday should arrive in NW Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area between 3-4am on Saturday morning. Some of these storms could be on the strong to severe side with damaging winds the main threat.

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Storms should be ongoing at 6am as the complex weakens moving east into our area.

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The worst severe weather on Saturday morning should be in SE and South Central Oklahoma; however, a few strong storms will still be possible in our area.

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Round two on Saturday afternoon is expected to be stronger as a disturbance moves in from our northwest combined with strong daytime heating along a boundary likely located around I40. These storms are expected to be stronger.

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This is a look at the threats for tomorrow on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Stay tuned for updates at the situation evolves and unfolds.

-Garrett