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
  • 120 Years Ago; Fort Smith Was Destroyed By A Tornado

    While cold weather has swept across the area for January 11th, 2018, the weather was vastly different on the night of January 11th, 1898… some 120 years ago. The weather that day was said to be warmer than usual. Around midnight that night, a tornado flattened the city killing 55 and injuring hundreds. The tornado is still the second deadliest tornado on record in the state of Arkansas. The worst being the Judsonia Outbreak of 1952. The Fort Smith Elevator, […]

  • Road Conditions Deteriorate With Freezing Rain

    Freezing rain combined with temperatures in the 20s continues to cause problems on area roads. The precipitation is expected to end by 9pm but bridges and overpasses will remain slick in spots overnight as temperatures continue to plummet. Check the latest road conditions at iDriveArkansas here -Garrett

  • Winter Weather Advisories For Northwest Arkansas

    UPDATE:  Winter Weather Advisories (until 9PM) have been posted for Benton and Washington counties for the possible freezing drizzle and snow flurries this evening. This could make things slick out there tonight. There’s a 30 degree temperature difference between NW Arkansas and the Fort Smith area with temperatures falling in the wake of today’s strong Arctic cold front. Light snow was reported in Benton County. As temperatures continue to fall, a few slick bridges and overpasses are late afternoon or […]

  • WATCH: Latest Data On Thursday’s Winter Weather Potential

    Highlights on newest data for upcoming winter weather potential: Only minimal amounts expected; mostly in NW Arkansas Light freezing rain 3pm-7pm Light sleet or snow 7pm-10pm Sharply colder Little to no accumulation; slick spots on bridges & overpasses Thursday evening -Garrett

  • Thursday’s Snow Total Projections

    The next arctic front will arrive Thursday afternoon with scattered areas of rain followed by a brief changeover from rain to snow as the cold air filters in from the northwest. Snow amounts continue to trend very small for both NW Arkansas & the River Valley. The timeline to see any wintry weather hasn’t really changed much. Snow in small amounts could be possible from 3pm-10pm Thursday evening. Road issues should be confined to bridges and overpasses after dark on […]

  • WATCH: The Latest Data On Thursday’s Snow

    Here’s the latest video blog on the snow chances for Thursday. Most Important Points: Rain Thursday Changes to snow early evening Minimal accumulation: Less than 1″ Road issues possible 6pm-10pm in NW Arkansas Doesn’t look like River Valley sees much -Garrett

  • Waking Up To Freezing Fog/Black Ice Tuesday Morning

    Dense fog has already developed and will likely lead to widespread freezing fog on Tuesday morning. This will cause bridges and overpasses to be slick in many spots and especially where temperatures are lower than 32º. Temperatures should be near freezing area-wide with the best chance for below freezing temperatures in NW Arkansas but a few slick spots will also exsist into the Greater Fort Smith area as well. This will create patches of black ice on bridges and overpasses; […]

  • Foggy Return To Work Monday

    The combination of recent rains, cool temperatures, clear skies, & calm winds has led to widespread fog developing across most of our area. The fog should continue in spots into the mid-morning hours. Rain has moved out but skies won’t clear until later when the drier air arrives to scour out the remaining low clouds. -Garrett

  • Sunday’s Rain Totals

    Here’s a preliminary look at the rain totals from Sunday. Some of the heaviest rainfall occurred in NW Arkansas which saw a few more hours of rain than farther to the south. The next chance for rain in our area arrives towards around Wed/Thu of the upcoming workweek. – Garrett

  • Tracking Sunday Showers

    Rain continues across our area on Sunday afternoon and evening with the rain coming to a closer overnight Sunday into Monday. Rain totals will range from 1/2″ to 1″ of rain when this event finally winds down. Temperatures will be too warm for any frozen precipitation so rain should continue to be the precipitation type heading into late tonight with lows expected to be in the mid-30s. -Garrett

  • Small Window For Freezing Drizzle Sunday Morning

    This is Sunday morning at 6am. Rain will be the overwhelming precipitation type with this next event that moves in on Sunday night into Monday. Rain totals should be 0.50″-1.00″. That said, there’s a small window for some freezing drizzle or light freezing rain before the temperatures climb above freezing. The time to watch will be Sunday from 4am-9am. It will not be everywhere but a few places where the cold air isn’t scoured out could be below 32 for […]

  • It’s Warmer! Here’s When The Rain Arrives Sunday

    Warmer temperatures will continue into the weekend with highs climbing back into the 40s and 50s and overnight lows above freezing. The next low pressure system arrives on Sunday with widespread rain chances on Sunday night into Monday morning. On average we’ll see 0.50″-1.00″ of rainfall. Temperatures appear to be too warm for any snow or freezing rain although there could be a few sleet pellets mixed into the rain right as it begins on Sunday evening before everything changes […]