Garrett’s Blog: Lingering Storms, Less Coverage Tonight/Tomorrow
The center of the disturbance rotating into our region is will be moving across the River Valley thru the early overnight with more thunderstorms expected. Because the atmosphere has been worked over, we’re not expecting widespread severe weather but a few cloud to ground lightning strikes could cause power interruptions.
The boundary will linger across the south part of the state on Friday with a few scattered storms possible in the afternoon.
The line of storms continues to move southeast with damaging winds possible along the leading edge. Numerous wind gusts over 60mph have been recorded in the are with power outages and trees down.
Lingering storms could develop behind the line of storms with more rain possible but the worst of the storms should be winding down thru 10pm with only lingering t-storms.
Strong storms have moved across most of Springdale and Fayetteville with some power outages and trees down in many locations. We’ve also received reports of hail around quarter size or larger.
More than 1,800 reported power outages in Washington County with the storms. We’re expecting more storms to develop in the River Valley including Fort Smith later this evening. Downbursts remain the primary concern with damaging winds the main threat thru 9pm.
The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring our area for a possible watch. The atmosphere continues to destabilize with daytime heating and scattered severe storms are likely today. The main threat will be damaging winds.
This post will be updated as the storms move into our area.