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Showers, thunderstorms expected statewide Wednesday, forecasters say

by Brianna Kwasnik | May 4, 2022 at 12:03 p.m.
Intermittent showers and thunderstorms are expected across the state Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

Intermittent showers and thunderstorms are expected across the state Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy to excessive rainfall and local flash flooding will remain a concern Wednesday and Thursday, according to a Wednesday morning briefing from the weather service.

Many river basins remain swollen and expected rainfall will likely keep river levels elevated, including the Ouachita, Lower White and Black rivers, according to the weather service.

A flood watch will be in effect for Northwest Arkansas beginning Wednesday morning, according to forecasters.

The area is considered at a slight risk for severe weather conditions Wednesday, including hail up to the size of a quarter, winds up to 60 miles per hour, and very low tornado potential, forecasters said.

Widespread thunderstorms are possible Thursday, the briefing states. Heavy rainfall will be mostly confined to far western Arkansas and most of eastern Arkansas, according to the briefing.

Severe thunderstorms are possible in portions of Northwest Arkansas, and will become more prevalent during the midnight hours as Wednesday turns to Thursday, according to the weather service.

On Thursday, central and southern portions of the state are considered at an enhanced risk for weather hazards, including hail up to the size of a quarter, 60 to 80 mile per hour winds, and low tornado potential, according to the briefing.

Over the last month, a good portion of the state was above normal for rainfall, with a large area receiving two to four inches above normal amounts, the briefing states.

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