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: 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 […]

  • Timeline & Severe Risk of Storms Tuesday

    Thunderstorms will develop along the cold front which will be arriving from the northwest to the southeast on Tuesday. Our area will likely see a few showers and thunderstorms but the morning/early afternoon arrival time will limit the severe weather chances locally. In NW Arkansas: 11am-2pm, A few thunderstorms or scattered areas of rain possible. Low severe weather risk. In Fort Smith/River Valley: Noon-3pm, Scattered thunderstorms, a few will be severe with the intensity increasing as the storms move east. […]

  • Freeze Watch Tuesday Night Into Wednesday Morning

    A Freeze Watch has been issued for most of our area as temperatures from 25º to 35º are possible on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. A cold front arriving mid-day on Tuesday will usher in chilly temperatures by late Tuesday. Once the winds are calm and the skies are clear the temperatures will fall below freezing. If you’ve already planted annuals, you’ll need to cover them on Tuesday night. Current data suggests NW Arkansas will hit freezing easily on Wednesday […]

  • Big Temperature Swings This Weekend

    A strong cold front is forecast to move into our area on Saturday evening with thunderstorms and much colder weather for Easter. Here are some main takeaways from the forecast: Saturday: Spotty rain mid-morning Saturday then a WARM afternoon with temperatures in the 70s. Thunderstorms by 8/9pm Saturday. The severe risk is very low. Sunday: Easter Sunrise ~7:04am: Mostly cloudy, a few areas will see a break in the rain. Falling temperatures ALL DAY on Sunday with 30s in some […]

  • Easter Sunrise Forecast; Sleet Possible By Afternoon

    It’s going to be a cold Easter… Rain could briefly mix with sleet or snow on Sunday afternoon. If you’re thinking of an Easter Egg Hunt, you might consider early in the day on Saturday for the best weather. Easter Sunrise: 7:06am. Overcast with a light cold rain likely. Easter continues to trend cold and wet with temperatures steadily falling during the day with afternoon temperatures falling into the 30s in NW Arkansas and the 40s in the River Valley. […]

  • NWS Confirms EF-0 In Fort Smith From Tuesday’s Storms

    The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 tornado in Sebastian County from Tuesday’s storms. The tornado briefly touched down on the SE side of Fort Smith with estimated winds from 75-85mph. Dual Polarization radar detected debris in the radar beam due west of the Fort Smith Regional Airport, the storm weakened as it tracked east. OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/27/18 TORNADO EVENT... .OVERVIEW...A brief tornado developed just south of Fort Smith, Arkansas during […]

  • Weather Update: Rain Continues Throughout Area, Severe Weather Risk Low

    Rain will continue across the area into the evening on Tuesday but the severe weather risk is much lower and the rain will be light-moderate as opposed to heavy thunderstorms. The National Weather Service plans to survey the damage in Fort Smith from the rotation earlier today on Wednesday. The other concern is flooding. Nearly 4″ of rain has fallen in the last 24-hours causing numerous road closures in Benton & Madison County. Rain on Wednesday will be less intense […]

  • Tracking Showers; Heaviest Arrives Monday Night, Tuesday

    The first wave of showers is moving to the east and out of our area for Monday afternoon giving us a small break into the evening with only an isolated shower or two. The latest data shows the next push of heavy rain arriving later this evening closer to 10pm and continuing into the overnight. The severe weather risk is low, but continues to be a possibility in Eastern Oklahoma and some portions of NW Arkansas. The severe concern would […]

  • Scattered Rain Sunday; Heavy Rain Soon

    Scattered areas of rain will be likely on Sunday with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. The rain on Sunday won’t be as heavy and persistent as the rain that’s set to arrive during the upcoming workweek. Rain totals next week will range from 2-4″. Severe weather will be possible on Monday but the risk will be low. -Garrett