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: Yes, It’s Been Warm, But…

    Christmas 2016 will go down as one of the warmest on record for our area with temperatures nearly 30º above normal. The unseasonably warmth will end this week with a cool down expected. Over the next two weeks, temperatures will be more in line with what we would expect for January with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. The next major arctic blast looks to arrive just after the New Year; probably around January 4th. This Christmas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Line Of Storms Christmas Evening

    Temperatures continue above normal across our area with a warm front located to our north and our area under the influence of unseasonably warm south winds pushing temperatures to near 70º. A cold front was located to the west of our area and will arrive later this evening with showers and thunderstorms developing along the front. The severe weather risk has been downgraded and continues to be very low. While thunderstorms are likely, the risk of strong damaging winds is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Dense Fog Advisory Early Saturday

    Locally dense fog will continue across the area early on Saturday with temperatures hovering in the mid to upper 40s. The fog should lift around 10am Saturday. Mostly cloudy skies are expected for Christmas Evening with a warm and windy Christmas Day with highs near 70º for many of us. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Rain Continues Into Friday Night

    Additional showers will develop across Oklahoma and move into NW Arkansas into the evening and overnight. Rainfall totals will generally be light and less than 1/2″. Visibility will be less than 5 miles and locally dense for could develop late Friday into Saturday morning. This image shows 3AM on Saturday and the majority of the showers have moved east and moved out of the area with a lingering line of rainfall across Central Arkansas that will persist into Saturday. Expect […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Snow, Cold Today

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Northwest Arkansas with minimal accumulation across the higher terrain. Snow and sleet totals will be less than 1″ but due to the extreme cold it will likely accumulate on bridges and overpasses late Saturday afternoon and overnight. This map shows the likelihood of snow accumulation across the area. Within the exception or two of a pocket of heavier snow, most locations will receive around 1/2″ in NW Arkansas or less. In the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Colder All Day Saturday

    A cold front continues to move across the area with temperatures falling all day on Saturday. The warmest temperatures occurred overnight into the morning. By late day, a light band of snow should develop behind the front with minimal accumulation across the area. Temperatures will fall all day with teens and 20s by night. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for Saturday night into Sunday morning with wind chill values as low as -10º -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wind Chill Advisory Issued

    A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for most of our area to account for the blustery north winds behind the cold front. Winds will likely gust to over 30mph with air temperatures falling into the teens and eventually single digits late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Wind chill values will be coldest on Sunday morning in the -5 to -10º range across NW Arkansas. Light snow is possible late Saturday evening and could make bridges and overpasses slick and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Cold, Snow This Weekend

    The coldest air in years is set to arrive on Saturday evening with temperatures falling into the single digits for lows, 20s for highs, and dropping wind chill values as low as -10º. Friday will be the day of transition with blustery south winds developing in advance of the nearing cold front. Some gusts could top 30mph on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the front will be moving across Kansas and Oklahoma and into our area. It should begin to push […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Chances Of A White Christmas

    This is the historical chance of seeing a White Christmas across the county. Most of our area is in the 0-10% range. This is a look back at previous White Christmas’ across the area with at least 1″ of snow on the ground. The big one was in 2009 with most of our area was blanketed with several inches of snow. In 2012, Fort Smith had snow on the ground from a previous event. Fayetteville had around a trace in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    Overall, the weekend will be warmer than the last few days but the wind will continue to make things feel cooler than they actual are. Saturday: Expect mostly sunny skies and breezy south winds gusting up to 20mph. Temperatures may be in the upper 40s but the wind chill may feel more like the 30s. Sunday: A weak disturbance will bring showers in the area late-morning into the afternoon. Rain totals will be minimal. This is HD Futurecast at Noon […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Two More Arctic Surges Soon

    The weather theme for the weeks leading up to Christmas will be cold and getting colder. The next cold blast arrives Wednesday December 14th Yet another cold blast arrives Sunday, December 18th. At the moment both fronts look moisture starved but with temperatures easily below freezing any precipitation that does develop will have the potential to be frozen. This is the trough ridge pattern that’s causing the colder than normal temperatures. As long as the trough is more dominant that the ridge, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: How Cold Was It? What About Tonight? The Weekend.

    Thursday morning recorded the coldest morning lows since last February with a hard freeze across all of NW Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. With calmer winds, the wind chill won’t be as bad tonight and tomorrow morning but the temperatures should trend about 5-10º colder than Thursday morning. Looking ahead, slightly warmer weather is expected this weekend with highs back in the 40s to near 50. It may feel colder than that with the south winds which will give us a […]