A tornado watch was issued Sunday afternoon (April 27) for the entire 5NEWS viewership area, including Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.
However, the watch for Sebastian, Franklin, LeFlore, Scott, Johnson, Pope, Logan, and Yell counties was upgraded to a PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) tornado watch by about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.
The PDS watch was to be in effect from Sunday afternoon through 11 p.m.
Significant severe weather, including “large hail, damaging winds and strong tornadoes,” was forecast for the entire area, the weather service said.
While the temperature Sunday afternoon reached the mid-70s in Northwest Arkansas, the low by 1 a.m. was expected to be about 53. Winds Sunday night were expected to be 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph, according to the weather service.
On Monday (April 28), the threat for severe weather is expected to shift eastward into the Mississippi Valley, the weather service said.