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Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV's Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, & 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. In fact, Garrett's passion for weather led to an unusual hobby: collecting hailstones and freezing them in the refrigerator.

Garrett joined 5NEWS in December 1999 and went on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on 5NEWS. Garrett first attended Westark College (Now, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith). His weather credentials come from Mississippi State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.

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's hobbies include weight training, bicycling, running, mountain climbing, playing acoustic guitar, and working closely with the local church.

You may hear Garrett on the HAM radio during severe weather. His call sign is KD5OMI. During severe weather the MAX5 Storm Team coordinates with local Skywarn Storm Spotters as well as the National Weather Service in both Little Rock and Tulsa to share emergency information.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 9 years and welcomed their first son, Graham, in the spring of 2011.


Recent Articles
  • Garrett’s Blog: Snow Friday Evening

    **WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE ENTIRE AREA, SNOW EASILY STICKING TO ROAD SURFACES** A fast moving system in the mid-levels continues to press across the area Friday afternoon and evening. Ground temperatures are colder than the last time it snowed so it’s likely going to stick to roads, bridges, & overpasses easier than last time. Expect travel delays in the Fort Smith area at drive time. Phoenix ave fort smith @5NEWSGarrett pic.twitter.com/j7idji8HFy — Kelsey Bryant (@kelsobryant) […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Snow Friday; Travel Problems This Weekend

    The shallow arctic air continues to reign across the area with very little warm in the works on Friday. Morning low temperatures will be in the single digits and the teens. We may very well break records Friday morning in Fayetteville; the record is 10º set in 2002. In Fort Smith the record is 15º set in 1934. Late in the afternoon, a disturbance in the middle of the atmosphere will weaken as it advances east in Arkansas. We may […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Frigid Wind Chills, More Snow Chances

    A very messy pattern continues to unfold for Thursday and Friday with an even messier forecast for the weekend. The big story in the short-term will be the powerful arctic cold front sweeping across the area. This map shows the forecast wind chill for 6am Thursday. Although air temperatures will be in the 20s, a blustery north wind with gusts to nearly 30mph will drive the wind chill down all day. In addition, there’s a little bit of humidity for […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Very Active Pattern Continues

    The extremely active pattern will continue for at least the next week with chances to see more sleet, snow, and thunderstorms. For Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley none of the systems look as disruptive as the last few; however there are some trouble spots that bear watching. To organize and make sense out of this messy forecast, I figured it would be best to start chronologically and look at each event one-at-a-time. 1) Wednesday: South Arkansas Winter Storm The […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Snow Ending This Evening

    Snow will be out of the area by 7pm with no additional snow expected overnight. Snow will be falling at drive time in both Fayetteville and Fort Smith; expect delays. Overnight lows will fall into the teens and 20s so it’s likely that road conditions will not improve overnight. In places where the main roads are covered with snow, expect them to remain snow-covered until at least 10am tomorrow. Secondary roads may continue to be slick into the day on […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: More Snow on Monday

    Another fast moving system will bring more snow to the River Valley & Ouachitas on Monday afternoon. The track is essentially the same as Sunday’s system with around 1-2″ possible. Temperatures may be slightly colder which could cause more travel issues than Sunday; however snow falling in the daylight hours usually has more trouble accumulating on road surfaces as opposed to nighttime snow. At 6am, temperatures will be in the teens with a wind chill in the single digits. Around […]

  • Tracking Snow

    A large area of snow continues to move across the area with the heaviest expected to fall along and south of I40 and into the Ouachitas. Timeframe: Now – 8pm. Roads are expected to become slick and hazardous. Another round of snow is expected on Monday. Snow totals will average around an inch or two with more expected in the Ouachitas where up to 4″ or more is possible. Only minor amounts are expected in Northwest Arkansas with this round […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Snow Sunday: Noon – 9pm; Winter Weather Advisories in Effect

    In the wake of last night’s cold front, another disturbance in the mid-levels of the atmosphere will advance east Sunday afternoon and evening with snow developing and causing travel concerns. Some light snow is already falling across Northwest Arkansas. The heaviest snow will fall from 2pm-9pm along and south of I40. While snow totals may not be large; expect roads to become slick and slow tonight across much of the area with school cancellations possible Monday. This is a look […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: ‘This Weekend: Rain, Then Snow’

    After a chilly and raw day on Friday our attention turns to the weekend and the numerous disturbances and cold fronts that will be sweeping across the area. Rain with a few claps of thunder will be possible Friday night into Saturday morning with rainfall totals nearing 1/2″ to 1″ across much of the area. Saturday afternoon looks pleasant with temperatures warming into the 40s and even 50s with spotty sunshine in the afternoon. However, yet another cold front will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Freezing Drizzle Early Friday

    After a pleasant Thursday, clouds will overtake the area on Thursday night into Friday with lots of low cloud cover by daybreak. Temperatures at the surface will be below freezing and a small glaze of freezing drizzle will be possible early in the day and may affect travel on Friday morning. This map shows 7am. Notice that Futurecast is not showing a ton of precipitation in the area. Often times, with very low cloud cover we end up with super-cooled water droplets […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Snow This Evening

    A quick moving upper level trough of low pressure will swing across the area this evening with the possibility of flurries and light snow. Accumulations will be light due to limited moisture and progressive movement. Generally, much less than 1″; probably only trace amounts. The higher totals will be in South Central Missouri. Accumulations in our area will be confined to Northwest Arkansas. Only a few flurries are expected in the River Valley. The timeline for light snow is between […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Snow Tuesday

    Another very fast moving system will arrive Tuesday evening with another chance for some light snow. Unlike the last system, this one is faster, drier, and more compact. The result will be some light snow accumulation across Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday evening; far less than we experienced Sunday night. Here’s a look at the timeline and what’s causing it. A strong trough in the upper levels will be digging across the area. If you imagine the black line is a […]

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