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
  • WATCH: Several Rounds of Rain Moving In

    Scattered showers will continue across the area on Monday and likely expend in coverage from the southwest to northeast. While no severe weather is anticipated, it’s likely we’ll hear some thunder with the stronger storms. Late on Monday evening, another large area of rain will develop in Texas and move to the northeast into our area by Tuesday morning. Rain will be heavy at times and likely cause slower than usual traffic to work or school on Tuesday morning. 5NEWS […]

  • Rain Returns: Late Friday Into Saturday

    Another push of rain will move across NW Arkansas & the River Valley late Friday into Saturday morning. The heaviest showers will occur overnight from midnight to 3am. There’s a chance rain mixes with sleet but temperatures above freezing at the surface should preclude any traffic hazards this weekend. Here’s the latest timing with HD Futurecast… 11PM FRIDAY: Rain will continue to expand to the north. There are some spots in SE Oklahoma where rain was already underway on Friday. […]

  • Warm Afternoon, Cold And Wet Friday Morning

    A strong cold front will arrive late Thursday into Friday with scattered showers and a few rumbles of thunder. Rain chances will be greatest in the overnight but there’s a chance we could see lingering showers into Friday morning’s drive. Expect much colder temperatures for Friday afternoon with breezy northwest winds. Temperatures will fall into the 30s by afternoon. A look at the timing… THURSDAY 11PM: Scattered showers arrive along the advancing cold front. FRIDAY 1AM: Scattered showers and thunderstorms […]

  • Rainy Pattern Setting Up For The Next Week

    Frequent rain chances will be possible for next next several days. Temperatures will be close to freezing in the morning and that could let to a few areas of sleet but overall it doesn’t appears to cause as many travel issues as the system last weekend. By the end of the day Sunday we should see rainfall totals in the 0.50 to 0.70″ range. These first bouts with rain won’t produce high totals. The rain in the Monday to Wednesday […]

  • Valentine’s Day Weather

    Wednesday will start off with cloudy skies and scattered rain showers; especially around sunrise and drive-time. Rain will be out of the area by Noon on Wednesday with temperatures warming to near 60 or 65º by late day. The next chance for rain arrives late Thursday into Friday with another strong cold front. Here’s a quick look at timing: WEDNESDAY 6AM: Wednesday starts with rain and temperatures in the 40s. WEDNESDAY 4:30 PM: Rain has long exited with much warmer […]

  • First Look At Sunday Morning Roads

    In NW Arkansas: Most roads are coated with a thin layer of ice, nearly all bridges and overpasses are slick. Conditions will improve mid-morning. River Valley: Roads are slick in spots but most main roads are wet. Bridges & overpasses are slick in spots. -Garrett

  • NEW: Winter Weather Advisory Until 6am Sunday

    A new Winter Weather Advisory has been issued until 6am Sunday for all of NW Arkansas and portions of the River Valley. Light ice is expected which will make driving hazardous on roads; especially bridges and overpasses Saturday evening into Sunday morning. -Garrett

  • Ice Total Probabilities

    I thought this image showed both the location and the likelihood best for ice accumulation this weekend. Remember, this image depicts 0.01″+ of ice accumulation. This setup is similar to what we saw earlier in the week. Ice accumulations will be very small but the impacts on travel could be high late Saturday evening and on Sunday morning. NW Arkansas should be most affected. The light ice will extend a little farther south into Eastern Oklahoma and some parts of […]

  • Light Ice Accumulations This Weekend

    The latest data continues to support another light freezing rain event for our area this weekend. The mostly likely time to experience slick bridges and overpasses will be from Saturday 5pm to Sunday 8am. Like earlier this week, accumulations will not be enough to cause widespread power outages although a few sporadic outages will be possible with the heavier accumulations. There could be a very light layer of sleet as the system departs in NW Arkansas. Like the previous system, […]

  • Tracking Winter Weather

    This image shows overnight Saturday into Sunday. This is midnight. There will likely be sleet or freezing rain in NW Arkansas and potentially some in the Fort Smith area. While accumulations will be minimal, it could be enough for travel issues for Sunday morning church services. -Garrett

  • Freezing Rain Expected Through The Evening

    A large area of freezing rain and freezing drizzle is moving across southern Washington County and will likely cause numerous slick spots on bridges and overpasses on I49 between Fayetteville and Fort Smith. Temperatures are expected to remain freezing all evening in NW Arkansas with above freezing temperatures in the River Valley. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow should all shift east of the area later tonight after midnight. -Garrett

  • UPDATE: Latest On The Wintry Weather

    Freezing rain will continue moving in through Tuesday afternoon and evening. Some spots may see some sleet mix in as temperatures continue to drop. Problem Areas: Northwest Arkansas Eastern Oklahoma (western Sequoyah and LeFlore counties) Higher Elevations in the River Valley (i.e. Ouachitas) Temperatures have remained below freezing in Benton and Washington Counties, which means most of the precipitation will be freezing rain in the north, mixing in with sleet at times.  Areas south will see temperatures linger just above […]