Winter Storm Warning In Effect For Northwest Arkansas & River Valley
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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
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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 […]

  • VIDEO: Winter Storm Update

    A Winter Storm Warning continues for the entire area with accumulations of freezing rain, sleet, & snow expected Sunday night into Monday.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Winter Storm Arriving; Updated Accumulation

    **The entire area has been upgraded to a WINTER STORM WARNING from 6pm Sunday until Noon Monday** Rain is already moving in this evening and it’s expected to change over into sleet and freezing rain and eventually snow late tonight. Road conditions should start to deteriorate after 8pm in Northwest Arkansas and after 11pm in the River Valley. Accumulations will vary wildly due to several different precipitation types. The heaviest snow and sleet with fall in Benton County with more […]

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    Winter Storm Warning Now For Entire Area

    **A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for the entire area** The timing has not changed much; most of the precipitation should start around 6-8pm Sunday and continue until Monday morning at sunrise. Widespread slick and slow roads are expected. School cancellations will be possible Monday morning. Road conditions will improve by Monday afternoon with sunshine and slightly warmer conditions. Rural areas may continue to see slick roads into Tuesday. Here is a look at the most favored areas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Winter Weather Late Sunday

    A strong cold front will sweep across the area late in the afternoon on Saturday in Northwest Arkansas and then Saturday night in the River Valley. Temperatures on Sunday will be much colder and likely won’t make it out of the 30s across much of the area. The chance for freezing rain, sleet, & snow increases at sunset on Sunday with around 8pm being the most likely onset time. It will continue on and off into Monday morning but will […]

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    2015 Storm Spotter Classes

    The National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training Classes have been underway for 2015 and there are still a few more scheduled for our area before the spring severe weather season arrives. The classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend. A complete list of the locations and dates can be found on the NWS-Tulsa website.  -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Lower Lake Levels

    In the short time we’ve been in 2015, rainfall levels are trending below normal. Our last heavy rain fell on January 2 & 3rd when Fort Smith picked up 1.15″ and Fayetteville .81″ So far for February, Fort Smith and Fayetteville have received .66″ & .33″ respectively. Normally, end of month totals for February are around 2.76″. Beaver Lake’s current level is lower than usual. At this time last year the lake level was about 6 feet higher; it was lower […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Flurries, Light Snow Tonight

    The cold air continues to move south across the area Wednesday afternoon with another large drop in temperatures expected for the overnight and day on Thursday. Snow will develop behind the front but amounts will be minimal due to limited moisture and quick pace of the system. Northwest Arkansas is most favored to see some light snow less than 1″ Best time frame for snow will be from 7pm to Midnight. The High Resolution Rapid Refresh model depicts snow in […]

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