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
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    Garrett’s Blog: Small Impulses; Next Big System

    The overall pattern is for cold weather over the next week with few small chances for snow and one much stronger system next week. The snow chances look meager for the next few systems with only limited accumulation possible and many places won’t see any snow. The biggest system of them all will arrive towards the end of next week with a greater potential for rain for everyone and possibly more of a widespread snow event. Here are the highlights […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wind Chills Near 0º Sunday Morning

    Icy cold weather will continue to filter in from the north late Saturday into Sunday in the wake of a cold front with breezy northwest winds continuing into the day Sunday. High pressure is settling in overhead for Sunday. This will lead to some of the coldest temperatures of the season. Lows tonight will fall into the teens across the area. Winds will stay blustery keeping wind chill values in the single digits. Forecast wind chill values are expected to […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Saturday

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for NW Arkansas for Benton & Washington County including: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, & Siloam Springs. – 1-3″ Possible in NW Arkansas – 1″ or less in River Valley – Time: 9am-2pm Roads slick while snow is falling then quickly melting to slush on roads due to warm ground temperatures, warm (+32º) air temperatures, & solar radiation from the sun since it’s occurring during daytime hours. Some travel problems are expected mid-morning into […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Saturday’s Snow Potential

    One more warm day on Friday with highs in the mid to upper 50s before the strongest cold front of the season arrives this weekend. The snow potential hinges on whether or not the cold air can move in fast enough to change the rain over to snow. Typically, the moisture is gone by the time cold air arrives. Cold air is shallow and is slowed by the terrain; that said, data does indicate some snow potential on Saturday. This […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Thursday’s Rain; Upcoming Cold Blast

    Another quick moving system will bring rain chances to the area on Thursday with the best chance during the first part of the day. Unlike the last rain event, no flooding or severe weather will occur. Friday will be warm with temperatures above normal in the 50s. All attention is focused on the weekend when some of the coldest air of the season arrives with highs falling into the 30s and lows in the teens. While temperatures could moderate a […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Wintry Weather Wednesday Morning

    A fast-moving system will bring the chance for light wintry precipitation to our area early on Wednesday. While amounts will be minimal, light accumulations on bridges and overpasses in Northwest Arkansas could cause a few slick spots for the morning drive. In the Fort Smith area, temperatures will be near or above freezing so the potential for slick spots is far lower. The overall travel impact is expected to be minimal. The ground temperature just beneath the surface is 38º […]

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    Fort Smith 2015: Wettest Year Ever Recorded

    Fort Smith, Arkansas has received over 72″ of rainfall in the calendar year 2015. The previous record was 71.81″ in 1945. Record keeping started in Fort Smith in 1882.


    Garrett’s Blog: Update To Major Flooding Situation

    The ongoing flooding is expected to continue across the area this afternoon into tonight. Many locations have already picked up 4-7″ of rainfall and an additional 2-4″ of rain is expected overnight into Monday. Road closure information is available on our homepage and reflects the current situation. As with all flash floods road conditions will vary hour-by-hour with local changes. Exercise extreme caution when encountering flooded roadways. The Illinois River near Prairie Grove Battlefield. Photo: Jeanie Luper-Kildow Flooding in Bella […]

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    Live Blog: Severe Weather & Flooding

    Severe thunderstorms are possible on Saturday with record setting rain this weekend and widespread flooding.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Arkansas River Forecast To Climb 11ft By Sunday

    Major river flooding is expected on all major rivers in our area this weekend. Flooding will rival levels seen earlier this year in May if the forecast rain occurs as predicted. The Arkansas River at Van Buren/Fort Smith will jump 11ft by Sunday; likely flooding the River Front Park and disrupting shipping commerce. The May flooding saw the Arkansas River hit 33.5 feet. The Poteau River is forecast to climb 20 feet this weekend. Major farmland flooding is expected. The […]

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    **Major, and potentially life-threatening flooding will occur this weekend** A widespread 5″-10″ of rain will fall across the area. Some locations may see totals as high as 1-foot of rain. Creeks, streams, and most rivers will approach moderate or major flood stage. Many rural or low-lying roads will become impassable and will be extremely dangerous for motorists who drive into flooded areas. Water rescues will occur with vehicles that venture into swollen creeks and streams. The usual flood prone areas will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Tonight; What To Expect

    The risk of thunderstorms will increase late Tuesday into Wednesday as a fast system moves across the area. The timing of the storms is a bit unusual with the best chance for storms from midnight to 4am. The highest risk for tornadoes and wind damage will be in the Arklatex and closer to Arkadelphia and Texarkana. Storms in our area may develop above the warm front and be “elevated” these storms can produce hail; possibly dime size or larger. Any […]


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