Widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected periodically through the weekend and the beginning of next week as cold fronts push into the western part of the state, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said in a statement Thursday.
At least 1 inch of rain could fall by midweek, with some areas getting up to 3 inches, Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Robinson said.
Robinson said that between Tuesday and Wednesday, a strong cold front is expected to sweep through the state, bringing with it cooler and drier air. There are no signs of severe weather, he said, but there is a possibility that a few severe storms may develop from a weaker cold front starting late Friday night and into Saturday morning with the first storms beginning in western Arkansas.
Hail will be the main threat for severe storms that do develop, he said.