An unsettled weather pattern will bring strong storms through the week

Posted April 30, 2017

Medium. As with most severe weather threats in our area, there are some pros and cons to the forecast and how it impacts our confidence.

The Russellville and Ozark campuses of Arkansas Tech University are included in the area with the enhanced threat of severe weather on Friday.

Storms ahead of the front last night weakened during the early morning hours, although a few have maintained strength in east Alabama through the morning. There is more working against us for storm development through the afternoon hours than for us. Gusty winds will also be possible on Sunday.

We are still fine-tuning the more granular details of what we expect will happen Sunday night.

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Wednesday, there is a 60 percent chance of showers and possibly a storm, the weather service said.

A warm front hanging just north of the region Saturday brings the potential for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon, a couple of which may be strong to severe. Large hail, damaging winds, and flooding will be the biggest threats, but there will be a window for an isolated tornado as well. The majority of our counties should be clear of severe weather by the time we hit Sunday early morning. Temperatures both days will be in the upper 80s, and some places will make a run at the 90° mark.

7AM SATURDAY: The flooding rains begin as a line of storms moves in from the west and stalls.

A weather radio and the First Alert Weather app are the best things to have.

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Chances for rain in central Oklahoma continue through Saturday night.

Friday, the high will be near 67 with mostly cloudy skies, the weather service said.

Widespread showers are expected with a cold front Saturday, April 29, 2017, with some storms capable of locally heavy rainfall.

As always, our team will be with you during the entire weather event.

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