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
  • Sunshine Gives Way to Light Rain Soon

    Clouds will increase this weekend with the best rain chance early in the day on Sunday with a weak system arriving. The overall chance for rain remains small and rainfall accumulations will be minimal. SUNDAY 6AM: Data shows a minimal chance for rain, mostly along and south of Fort Smith. NOON SUNDAY: All rain chances are shifting south and the rest of the day should be dry. -Garrett  

  • Patchy Fog Returns; Here’s the Next Rain Chance

    Locally dense fog will return again late Thursday night into Friday morning but the majority of the fog should occur in SE Oklahoma where visibility will be lowest. Expect clear skies on Friday continuing into the evening for Football Friday Night. This is the next rain chance and it’s not a good on. A weak front moves across the area on Saturday night into Sunday with a few spotty showers continuing into Sunday morning. After this, small rain chances will […]

  • Freezing/Cold Lows Return

    Skies will clear out late-evening with patchy, locally dense fog possible in spots. Lows will be near or slightly below freezing in NW Arkansas with temperatures remaining above freezing in the River Valley. Lows late Wednesday into Thursday will range from the upper 20s to the low 30s. In the River Valley, mid to low 30s are expected. Looking ahead into Sunday afternoon, we’ll (finally) see mostly sunny skies with highs back into the 60s with pleasant weather returning for […]

  • Clouds Continue; Widespread Rain Wednesday

    Cloudy skies continue across most of the area with temperatures holding in the 40s to around 50. Patchy drizzle will remain possible into the evening hours and overnight but the best chance for rain will arrive on Wednesday mid-morning into the afternoon with another system moving in from the west. This is a look at HD Futurecast on Wednesday at 11am. Plan on showers moving across the area from the west to the east with the best chance for rain […]

  • Record Highs Broken

    Record highs have been reached across NW Arkansas with a high (so far) of 81º beating the record of 80º set back in 2012. In the Fort Smith area, the high (so far) has been 85º tying the record of 85º set last year. Temperatures will continue above normal for the rest of the evening. -Garrett

  • Halloween Night Rain Forecast

    Rain showers are expected to move in from the west by Tuesday evening.  These will remain mostly light and scattered throughout Trick-Or-Treating hours.  This will be a wetter and cooler than average Halloween Night. Here’s the latest with HD FUTURECAST: This is an Hour-By-Hour Look for Northwest Arkansas: This is an Hour-By-Hour Look for the River Valley: The 5NEWS Weather Team took a closer look at what we normally see during Trick-Or-Treat hours (6PM-8PM).  It will certainly be cooler in […]

  • Prepare For Spotty Rain on Halloween

    A weak cold front will cause an increase in spotty rain late on Halloween into November 1st. The best rain chance will be during the overnight and into Wednesday morning but some rain will likely be out there for trick-or-treaters on Tuesday. Rain amounts will be light and no severe weather is anticipated. Rain totals should be less than 1/2″. Here’s how it plays out hour-by-hour… TUESDAY 1PM: Rain develops in Oklahoma and begins to move east. TUESDAY 4PM: Spotty areas […]

  • After Chilly Start; Sunday Afternoon Trending Warmer

    After a chilly start Sunday morning with widespread lows in the 20s and 30s, warmer weather will return to most of the area with south winds pushing highs back into the 60s late afternoon with sunny skies. Temperatures on Sunday afternoon should climb into the 60s. The image above is Halloween at 7pm. Notice areas of light rain spreading east into Arkansas.   This image is Wednesday morning at 7am on November 1st. Expect areas of light rain with chilly […]

  • Grab A Jacket! Major Temperature Swing Tomorrow

    A strong cold front is moving south on Thursday afternoon and will arrive in NW Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area during the midday hours on Friday. Expect falling temperatures on Friday with a very chilly weekend ahead. The first hard freeze of the year is likely for NW Arkansas on Saturday morning with Fort Smith temperatures closer to 32º This is the temperature trend for Bentonville for the next 10-days.  The weekend will be very cold but we’ll […]

  • It’s Cold! Freeze Warning Into Saturday

    Freezing temperatures are expected late Friday into Saturday. This will be the first widespread hard freeze of the season with freezing temperatures and frost likely from NW Arkansas into the Fort Smith area and south into the Ouachitas. A repeat of freezing weather will occur on Sunday morning with a warming trend into the next few days. -Garrett

  • Garrett Lewis Update on Weekend Cold Blast

    The cold air continues to spill south into Arkansas with some of the coldest air of the season set to arrive late Friday night into Saturday morning. The coldest temperatures will occur from 6am-8am on Saturday with lows down in the mid 20s to upper 30s. A warming trend is expected late on Sunday into the first part of next week. -Garrett

  • Tornado? Probably Not; Evaluating Storm Radar Data

    A line of strong thunderstorms develop along a cold front late on Saturday night with widespread showers and thunderstorms along and ahead of the front. The storms brought severe weather to most of our area with numerous reports of wind damage from NW Arkansas into the River Valley & beyond. Was it a tornado? Probably not. The National Weather Service currently has no plans to survey the damage since the photos and the radar data both strongly support straight-line-winds. This […]