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Showers, thunderstorms expected Tuesday

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published June 10, 2014 at 8:29 a.m.

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in all but the state’s southwest corner Tuesday afternoon and evening before a stalled upper-level low-pressure system finally breaks up and moves out of the state Wednesday, forecasters said.

While the storms Tuesday aren’t expected to be severe, some small hail is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain moved into the state last Thursday with violent storms that caused flash flooding, raised river levels and saturated the ground, toppling some trees.

Another weather system is expected to move through the region Thursday night into Friday morning, potentially bringing a “thunderstorm complex” that could lead to strong winds and damaging hail, forecasters said.

A flash-flood watch remained in effect Tuesday for parts of far east Arkansas, including Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph and St. Francis counties.

Rain totals through Tuesday evening may exceed 4 inches where thunderstorms have hit repeatedly, and could add up to more than 6 inches in some localized areas, the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, a flood warning remained until further notice for the Fourche La Fave River, an Arkansas River tributary, near Houston in Perry County, where Monday evening the stage was 23.6 feet. Flood stage for that river is 25 feet, and the river is expected to rise to near 27.5 feet by Wednesday morning, the weather service said.

A flood warning was also in place until Friday morning for the Petit Jean River at Danville in Yell County, where the water had risen to 21.6 feet and flood stage is 20 feet, and until further notice for the Cache River at Patterson affecting Jackson and Woodruff counties, where flood stage is 8 feet and the water is expected to rise to 10 feet by Saturday morning.

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