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Wednesday's thunderstorms

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop on Wednesday with a clearing in the afternoon and strong west winds.
Credit: 5NEWS

A storm system will affect our area on Wednesday with scattered showers and thunderstorms breaking out along and ahead of the cold front.

Credit: 5NEWS

Wednesday Morning: Sometime around sunrise we should have a few scattered showers and thunderstorms underway. These storms will move off to the east and we may get a small break for a few hours. 

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Wednesday Early Afternoon: Another line of showers and thunderstorms will develop. These should be the stronger of the two rounds. Storms that develop in the afternoon will have a wind/hail risk and even a limited tornado risk. The tornado threat increases towards central Arkansas.

Credit: 5NEWS

The highest severe risk will be just to our east into Central & Eastern Arkansas.

Looking ahead...

* System Friday night, probably a few storms but not much instability to work with. 

* System Monday, not much moisture and limited instability so the overall severe weather risk seems low.

The long-range trend for next week looks a lot cooler with highs in the 50/60s and lows in the 40s (30s?)

Overall, not too bad for April!!

-Garrett

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