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Severe storms possible this weekend in parts of state

By David Harten

This article was published December 17, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

Severe weather is forecast this weekend as a cold front and a storm system move across the state.

According to a statement from John Robinson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Little Rock, the front is expected to enter Arkansas from the north on Friday then "slow down considerably" as it moves across the state.

Meanwhile, according to the weather service's website, a storm system is expected to push into the state from the southwest causing heavy rain throughout the state Friday night through Saturday night. The amount of rainfall is expected to be anywhere from 3/4 inch to 1 3/4 inch, but upwards of 2-4 inches are likely in northern Arkansas.

The front coupled with the storm system may cause damaging winds and the slight possibility of isolated tornadoes in parts of southern and eastern Arkansas on Saturday afternoon and evening, Robinson said.

Parts of Northwest Arkansas may experience freezing rain if enough cold air moves into the area Saturday night, and light snow or sleet is possible Sunday, according to Robinson.

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