Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.

Recent Articles
  • Rain Ending Across Area

    Heavy showers and thunderstorms are shifting east of our region with a drying trend taking over for the rest of the evening and Saturday night. Dense fog is possible in some areas on Saturday night into Sunday morning. The next widespread rain chance will arrive around the middle of next week with a faster moving system. -Garrett

  • Tornado Watch Until 6PM Saturday

    A Tornado Watch has been issued for Scott, Logan, and Johnson counties, as well as areas to the south and east.  This means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.  This is set until 6PM. -5NEWS Weather Team

  • Rain Continues Across the Area

    Showers are still moving across NW Arkansas and the River Valley. We’ll see more rain and storms move through tomorrow, which could even bring severe weather to the area. -Chris

  • Cold Rain Today; Timing of Severe Storms Saturday

    A steady cold rain will continue for most of Friday with rain lingering into the evening hours. No severe weather or winter weather will occur with Friday’s rain and totals should be around 1/2 to 1″ which will bring the week-long rain totals close to around 5″ for many of us. Looking ahead, we’re in for one more round of rain before this week-long event wraps up. Saturday’s rain will arrive mid-morning and continue into early afternoon. The rain will […]

  • Zone of Highest Flash Flooding Risk

    An additional 3-4″ of rain is possible across SE Oklahoma and West-Central Arkansas on Friday & Saturday. The highest impact from flash flooding will be: Scott County S. LeFlore County Logan County Johnson County Terrain will cause excessive runoff in many areas with life-threatening flash flooding possible. The Weather Prediction Center has a HIGH RISK for excessive rainfall in Central & Southwest Arkansas. -Garrett

  • Update: Widespread Rain; Even More Tomorrow

    Showers with a few embedded thunderstorms will continue for the rest of the day on Thursday with the rain shifting east late in the evening around 9pm. Temperatures are above freezing and will remain above freezing for this entire event so no wintry precipitation is anticipated. Looking ahead, after a cloudy start on Friday, more rain moves in for Friday night and Saturday morning. The heavier rain on Friday would prompt flash flooding concerns with another 2-4″ of rainfall expected […]

  • Update: Freezing Rain Ongoing; Slick Spots Likely

    The next areas of rain has arrived and will continue until around midnight. Freezing rain has been observed in NW Arkansas and slick bridges and overpasses are likely in the evening hours across NW Arkansas. Elsewhere, temperatures are above freezing with only a cold rain expected for the Fort Smith area and most locations in Eastern Oklahoma. Additional rain is likely on Thursday; however, temperatures above freezing should prevent traffic issues. -Garrett

  • Scattered Rain Continues Wednesday Evening

    Scattered rain showers continue across the area with temperatures above freezing across the Greater Fort Smith area and below freezing in NW Arkansas. Any ice accumulations are expected to be light in Benton County but could create slick spots (again) on bridges and overpasses. Most rain will be out of the area by midnight with cloudy skies containing into Thursday and yet another round of rain arriving on Thursday night with still  more rain on Friday into Saturday. -Garrett

  • Winter Weather Advisories For Tonight

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Benton, Washington, and Madison counties. This is in effect from 9PM Tuesday until 6AM Wednesday. As temperatures drop Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, there will be a brief chance for some sleet/freezing rain to mix in for parts of Northwest Arkansas. Most of the accumulating wintry weather will be north and west of the I-44 corridor where there is deeper cold air.  Temperatures will probably not be below freezing […]

  • Future Radar Hour-By-Hour

    Numerous rounds of heavy rain are likely this week. Here’s a look at the next 24-hours and what to expect going from Monday into Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued an Areal Flood Watch for Tuesday starting at 6am.  MONDAY 6PM: Scattered showers continue across much of the area with locally heavy rain possible in the stronger storms. TUESDAY 2AM: Late Monday into Tuesday, we’ll get another push of rain from Texas moving to the northeast into Arkansas. These […]

  • WATCH: Several Rounds of Rain Moving In

    Scattered showers will continue across the area on Monday and likely expend in coverage from the southwest to northeast. While no severe weather is anticipated, it’s likely we’ll hear some thunder with the stronger storms. Late on Monday evening, another large area of rain will develop in Texas and move to the northeast into our area by Tuesday morning. Rain will be heavy at times and likely cause slower than usual traffic to work or school on Tuesday morning. 5NEWS […]

  • Rain Returns: Late Friday Into Saturday

    Another push of rain will move across NW Arkansas & the River Valley late Friday into Saturday morning. The heaviest showers will occur overnight from midnight to 3am. There’s a chance rain mixes with sleet but temperatures above freezing at the surface should preclude any traffic hazards this weekend. Here’s the latest timing with HD Futurecast… 11PM FRIDAY: Rain will continue to expand to the north. There are some spots in SE Oklahoma where rain was already underway on Friday. […]