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
  • Tuesday Evening Ice Impacts

    What can you expect for road conditions, possible school delays/closing? Our best guess is that ice accumulations will be light, but enough to cause some travel issues, especially in : Northwest Arkansas I-49 through the mountains Western Sequoyah and LeFlore Counties There should be a pocket of warmer air in the Fort Smith, Greenwood, Booneville area, that should keep the forecast to just light rain showers, but some spots could get slick on ridges and the Ouachitas. Northwest Arkansas:  LEVEL […]

  • Ice Accumulation Forecast Maps For Northwest Arkansas Tuesday Night

    I wanted share images with you that show the current forecast for freezing rain probabilities. The forecast is always dynamic and changing and these maps reflect the current thinking as of 6pm Monday. Check back for updates. The best chance for ice will be in Benton County. Winter Weather Advisories are likely for NW Arkansas late Tuesday into Wednesday. Light ice of .01″ is typically not enough for power outages (usually that .25″+) but the exact change-over time and the […]

  • Light Ice Possible Tuesday Night

    Rain will fall across the area on Tuesday with a quick changeover to freezing rain likely across NW Arkansas. Ice amounts should be light but will likely be enough for slick bridges and overpasses (it doesn’t take much). Travel problems would exist from Tuesday 7pm to Wednesday 8am in mostly NW Arkansas if they do indeed develop.   -Garrett

  • Smoky Evening: Controlled Burns Across Fort Smith Area

    Numerous controlled burns are underway across Arkansas on Friday with smoke drifting from the southeast to the northeast. Expect lots of smoke in the Greater Fort Smith area from a controlled burn of around 1,000 acres. You can check the latest controlled burn schedule here. No burn bans are in effect for our area in Arkansas. In Oklahoma, Sequoyah County continues to be under a burn ban. Although a few showers are possible on Saturday afternoon/evening the next widespread rain […]

  • Weekend Forecast

    Clouds will return this weekend with the best rain chances in Central and East Arkansas on Saturday. A few stray showers will be possible locally late Saturday night but anything that develops should be minimal. On Sunday, we’ll be tracking a quick system to our north that should cause light snow in Missouri. Locally, a few flurries are possible Sunday afternoon and evening but again, it doesn’t appear to be much (if any). The next chance for rain arrives on […]

  • Thursday’s Limited Rain Chance

      The best chance for rain on Thursday will be across the central and southern part of the state. Most of us will remain dry but all of us should trend colder with temperatures falling into the 40s with breezy NW winds. Scattered showers will be possible for early in the day on Thursday but the best chance will be along and south of Little Rock. For those of you who do see rain, expect rain amounts to be minimal […]

  • Minimal Rain Chances Thursday Morning; Weekend System

    Colder weather filters in for Thursday with a limited chance for rain early in the day. The next system arrives over the weekend with rain possible Saturday with a limited chance for a rain-snow changeover Sunday morning.

  • Minimal Rain Chances Thursday

  • Still Evaluating Snow Chances Sunday

    Still plenty of uncertainty heading into the weekend regarding the precipitation type. The cold surge late Saturday will be our first chance and then a quick upper level system will be our second chance. Right now, it appears to be light snow (if it even happens). Here’s a look at the latest thinking as of Tuesday afternoon. I would fully expect more changes to be made to the forecast before this weekend. This is a low confidence/high uncertainty forecast at this […]

  • When To View The Lunar Eclipse Where You Live

    A total lunar eclipse will occur in the early morning hours of Wednesday giving the Moon a red-blood appearance. It’s also the second full moon of the month (blue moon) and also the last in a trilogy of full moons that are occurring when the Moon is closest to the Earth (Supermoon). So it’s the “Eclipsed Super Blood Blue Moon”. The highlights: Wednesday morning Around 7am Look West The specifics can be found on the Time And Data Website for your […]

  • Will It Snow This Weekend?

    There are two systems on the horizon, one that arrives on Thursday and another that gets here over the weekend. The Thursday system continues to trend weak with mostly some rain or perhaps a few flurries as the system departs. It appears most of the good moisture/humidity will be gone by the time the true cold air arrives so the prospect of snow on Thursday looks bleak. Thursday’s systems continues to trend drier locally with most of the quality moisture […]

  • Perfect Sunday Weather; Cold Returns Soon!

    Sunny skies with comfortable weather will be the dominant feature for Sunday with light north winds early and eventually a return to a more southerly wind. Temperatures for the second half of the weekend should reach into the upper 50s and low 60s with lows. In NW Arkansas on Sunday, highs will be in the 50s to near 60 with sunny skies. In the River Valley, we’ll see highs closer to 60. The next chance for rain arrives later in […]