A Stormy Night in Arkansas

Things are quite active in the Little Rock area tonight. A tornado warning has been in place for Pulaski County, Check out the following reports.

  •  Lonsdale [Garland Co, AR] airplane pilot reports TORNADO at 09:10 PM CDT — debris in air reported at the hwy 70/30 split near lonsdale.
    —2 Sw Benton [Saline Co, AR] law enforcement reports TORNADO at 09:15 PM CDT — power lines are down and automobile damaged by possible tornado 2 miles southwest of benton
    – Benton [Saline Co, AR] amateur radio reports TORNADO at 09:20 PM CDT — wall cloud reported by ham radio operator just east of exit 116 in benton.
    – 3 W Bryant [Saline Co, AR] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:27 PM CDT — trees reported down at turtle creek.
    – Bryant [Saline Co, AR] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:34 PM CDT — wind damage reported at the buick dealership on reynolds rd.
    – Benton [Saline Co, AR] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:44 PM CDT — damage reported to a mobile home park near hurricane lakes on hwy 5 in Benton.

For now things are quiet here in Alabama; however, the new evening data is bringing the thunderstorms in earlier tomorrow. A slight risk for severe weather remains in place for our area tomorrow. Be sure to tune in for more details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

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Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Temperatures warmed up nicely today, with highs around 80-degrees in many locations. The nice spring temperatures will linger over the next several days; however, a good chance of thunderstorms will be returning for tomorrow. Right now a moderate risk for severe weather is place for portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Thunderstorms will be erupting over this region tonight and then we will see a line of rain and thunderstorms materialize near this region. This activity will be pushing east and our main threat of rain will be during the afternoon tomorrow and tomorrow night. Some of the storms may grow severe, with a threat of gusty straight-line winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes. Of-course if anything severe develops we will be there to keep you informed. Early Saturday the rain will be tapering off, with sunshine returning by the afternoon. Highs will be near 70-degrees.

Sunday we will set into a period of warm and dry spring weather. A couple of low pressure systems will be tracking north of our area and some showers or thunderstorms could make it as far south as north Alabama. For now I’m expecting dry weather for the start of next week, with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Highs by next Thursday will be warming into the 80s again, with a partly cloudy sky.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist