Severe storms likely Thursday afternoon and into the overnight.
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Heavy rain in E Oklahoma moving into Arkansas with thunder and lightning. Not severe at this time.
Hail core is dropping near quarter sized hail and will pass between Van Buren and Cedarville.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian, Washington, Adair, and Sequoyah counties until 9:30PM. Storm capable of 70mph winds, and 1″ hail.
Tornado Warning for Newton/Searcy co til 8:15. Storm moving NE at 45mph.
Bentonville rainbow & lightning from Mark King
485 households without power in Siloam Springs, according to Carroll Electric
Radar indicating 70+mph winds with storms currently in NWA.
Picture from Paul Kauffman in Farmington.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton/Washington co til 7:15 moving NE at 50mph. Hail and gusty winds.
City of Siloam Springs sends out emergency alert to residents to seek shelter elsewhere if they are in a mobile home
Hail in Bentonville from viewer Michelle Senn.
Hail in Muskogee, OK courtesy Shane Keeter.
Strong storm near Muskogee will be near Stilwell around 6..I-540 around 6:45.
Hail in Muskogee courtesy Jamison Faught.
5:10PM view in Siloam Springs from Kinsey Tarkinton
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings now extend into Benton Co. Large hail and damaging wind gusts possible.
Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Benton County until 6 p.m.
Great shot of a severe storm as it went by Leach, Oklahoma. Courtesy @michaelseger. This storm will be near Gravette by 5pm, Bella Vista by 5:15pm
Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Cherokee, Adair and Delaware counties until 5:15 p.m.
Currently tracking a line of severe storms in E OK moving east at 25mph. ~6pm for Fayetteville, ~7:30 for Fort Smith
Storms will form along and ahead of a cold front across East Oklahoma and track into Arkansas this afternoon, evening, and into the overnight. Some of these storms will become severe and may form into supercells. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, flash flooding, frequent lightning and isolated tornadoes will be possible. This is a model depiction of the timing of the storms during this period. This is not to be taken as an exact interpretation of storm location.
Storms have begun forming along a cold front just east of Tulsa…slowly moving east.
Tornado Watch is posted for the entire area until tonight.
A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for much of our area until 5pm.
Hail larger than quarter size in Muldrow via Bill Wolfe. Approximate time was 9am.
A Tornado Watch is looking likely for our area.
9:21am update: Scattered storms are tracking through eastern Oklahoma and parts of the River Valley. These storms will be capable of winds up to 60mph and quarter sized hail.
7:22am update. Storms are developing in north Texas and SE Oklahoma. These storms are tracking to the northeast. Throughout the rest of the morning a few of these storms could track through the River Valley and the Ouachitas south of the yellow line. Some hail will be possible with the stronger storms.
6AM – It is a warm and humid morning. Dewpoints in the 60s are widespread across the area this morning with temperatures in the 60s and mostly 70s. Notice the dry air to the west….that is the dryline that will provide a spark for storms later today.
Our local model, the RPM, is showing storms developing in the late afternoon and early evening in eastern Oklahoma. These storms will likely become severe very quickly after they develop.
Severe weather chances will ramp up Thursday afternoon as strong system moves in from the west. We are expecting thunderstorms to develop this afternoon and evening. These storms will be capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
The Storm Prediction Center has maintained a ‘Slight Risk” across our area for tonight.
Instability is elevated tonight, usually for tornadoes the instability needs to be surfaced based.
HRRR Hi-Res Model shows development near 3am. Hail would be main risk
Much of our area will fall into the ‘Moderate Risk’ area on Thursday with an increased chance for severe storms.
Severe weather chances increase for Thursday as a deepening area of low pressure approaches from the west and the dry line sets up over East Oklahoma. A cold front will eventual work in Thursday night clearing out any storms.
The best chance for seeing a tornado Wednesday and Wednesday night will be in the red shaded regions however these chances are low at 5%. These storms will also be capable of producing large hail, gusty winds, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning.
Here is the severe risk area for Wednesday night. All of our area falls into the ‘Slight Risk’ category.
The combination of warm moist air building into the region and a vigorous trough deepening to our west has set the stage for severe weather for Wednesday night and into Thursday. The highest chance for severe weather Wednesday will be in Central Oklahoma along the dry line and in SE Kansas and SW Missouri along a stationary boundary to our north. These storms may move into Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas into Wednesday night.