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
  • LIVE Updates: Tracking Severe Storms

    Severe storms are expected across the area on Friday. This is a live blog with updates on the situation as it unfolds from the 5NEWS Weather Team as well as the 5NEWS Newsroom.

  • Tornado Watch Until 10 p.m.

    A new TORNADO WATCH has been issued for our entire area until 10pm Friday. Strong to severe storms including a few tornadoes will be possible in the next few hours.  

  • Severe Risk Friday

    A strong storm system will affect Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas on Friday with scattered strong to severe storms likely during the late-afternoon and early evening hours. The most likely time for severe weather will be from around 4pm-9pm Friday. The highest risk of severe weather is in the “Enhanced Risk” in Central Arkansas. Large hail and damaging winds will be the biggest concern; although there’s a chance we could see a few rotating storms and tornadoes. Much colder weather […]

  • Official NWA Naturals Forecast

    Chance of rain in Springdale, Arkansas; Updated hourly. Official NW Arkansas Naturals Forecast; Updated On Game Day. Future Radar for Arvest Ball Park; Updated Hourly.  

  • Severe Weather Returns Friday

    The big weather story for the remainder of the week will be the evolution of the next low pressure system to arrive from the Central Plains on Friday. There’s enough instability and wind shear for strong to severe thunderstorms including the possibility of tornadoes. The main unknown (at the moment) is the time with one set of data a bit faster than the other. I think anytime from Noon Friday to 9pm Friday is fair game for severe storms. The […]

  • Freeze Warning Tonight; Severe Weather Friday

    **Freezing temperatures are expected yet again on Tuesday morning in NW Arkansas with lows fall into low 30s or upper 20s. Temperatures in the River Valley are expected to remain above freezing.** Warm Spring weather will be the rule for most of this week with highs steadily increasing into the 70s to near 80º by the end of the week. Another Freeze Watch is in effect for NW Arkansas Tuesday morning. Temperatures should be close to freezing, if not just […]

  • Patchy Sunday Drizzle; Big Warm-Up Coming

    A few weak disturbances in a fast west-to-east pattern will give us the chance for a stray showers on both Sunday and Monday. Most of us will remain dry with only a spotty area or two of rain. Looking ahead, breezy south winds this week will push temperatures to nearly 80º by week’s end. The next cold front arrives late week on Friday with showers and thunderstorms along the front. Storms will likely be severe as the front moves across […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for NW Arkansas with light sleet and snow expected into early Saturday. The advisory expires at 10am. While accumulations will be minor, bridges and overpasses could be slick in spots early on Saturday. Temperatures above freeze will quickly clear any road issues by 9/10am, however, very blustery cold winds will continue into the afternoon and with highs only climbing into the 40s. -Garrett

  • WATCH: Sleet And Snow Possible Overnight

    A large area of rain with embedded thunderstorms continues to move across much of our region with the heaviest rain from I40 and south. There’s a fairly sharp gradient of rain with the heaviest south of Fayetteville and very little falling north of Fayetteville into Benton County. Flash Flood Warnings are possible as the rain continue to fall in West Central Arkansas. A few are already in effect in Eastern Oklahoma. 3AM Saturday: An area of sleet and snow will […]

  • Weather Risks: Friday & Saturday

    A strong cold front will move across the area on Friday with showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and then falling temperatures into the evening. The risk of severe weather will be greatest from 11am – 4pm on Friday with large hail being the primary concern. This is the highest risk area for severe storms. NW Arkansas is in a lower risk than the Fort Smith area which is in a lower risk than SW Arkansas. Showers and thunderstorms will […]

  • Rain To Snow Late Friday Into Saturday

    These are precipitation types for Saturday morning. The dominant type should be snow/wet-snow after the changeover around midnight late Friday into Saturday. Thankfully, the trend continues to be away from ice accumulation (at least for now). There probably will be enough for slick spots on roads on Saturday morning. Accumulation is only in the 1/10th range so don’t expect to build Frosty out of this.Travel issues will be temperature dependent. Under 30º it’s slick. That time frame is from 12am […]

  • Freezing Wednesday Morning

    Lows on Wednesday morning will range from the mid 20s in NW Arkansas to the low 30s in the River Valley. The record low for April 4th is: Fayetteville: 22º in 1987 Fort Smith: 24º in 1987 After a very cold morning on Wednesday temperatures will quickly climb into the 30s and 40s. Fort Smith may briefly touch freezing in the early morning hours before climbing into the 40s and 50s. Rain will return to the area on Friday with […]