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: Expect Rain Wednesday Morning

    The only chance for rain this week will be on Wednesday.  Unlike most April rain events, severe weather won’t be an issue this week with weak instability. Rainfall totals will be light and in most cases less than 1/4th of an inch. The rain will be out of the area by early afternoon. The bigger story late this week with be the cool air. A blast of arctic air will surge south across the northeast United States with a glancing […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Wednesday

    For the second week in a row, another chance for severe weather will be possible on Wednesday. This time, there will be chance both in the morning and then again late in the evening. Humid, warm air will continue to move into the area from south late Tuesday night into Wednesday. By Wednesday morning, clouds will have overspread the area with a few showers and thunderstorms already ongoing across SE Oklahoma and NE Texas. During the morning and early afternoon hours, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather; Two Rounds Wednesday

    The next chance for severe thunderstorms will arrive on Wednesday with two rounds possible: Wednesday morning, scattered storms; low severe risk Wednesday night, widespread storms; higher severe risk   A warm front will be moving across the area early in the day on Wednesday with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible in the morning. These storms would pose mostly a risk of dime to quarter size hail. The dry line and associated cold front will arrive late in the day; likely in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Freeze Warning Monday Morning

    Another Freeze Warning has been issued for our area for Sunday night into Monday morning. Temperatures in NW Arkansas will be near 28 degrees and closer to 31 in the Fort Smith/Arkansas River Valley. Expect more sunshine on Monday with highs in the afternoon back into the mid to upper 60s. The next chance for thunderstorms and/or severe weather will be Wednesday of the upcoming week. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Easter’s Forecast

    Easter Sunrise: 7:10am A cold front with showers and a few thunderstorms will move into the area on Easter. The best chance for rain will be during the first part of the day. The best time to hunt Easter Eggs will be in the afternoon. Severe weather is not anticipated and rainfall totals will generally be light; around 1/4th of an inch. Here’s a look at the latest data regarding Easter’s Forecast: Sunday 6am: Showers with a few embedded storms […]

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    Severe Watch Issued Until Midnight

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight for Eastern Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas. Latest hi-res data shows the strongest storms in the Fort Smith area around 10pm.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Severe Storms Tonight

    A cold front arrives this evening with strong to severe thunderstorms developing along the front. Here is the current situation: Storms in NW Arkansas & Fort Smith from 8pm to 11pm Some storms will rotate with at least a minimal tornado risk Everything moves out by midnight The cold front’s arrival is causing the storms. Highs tomorrow will be 20-30º colder; only in the 50s. 7PM WEDNESDAY: Thunderstorms develop in Eastern Oklahoma and begin moving towards us. 9PM WEDNESDAY: Storms […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Trending Late Evening Wednesday

    A cold front will arrive on Wednesday evening with severe thunderstorms developing along the front. The trend in the forecast data has been for a slightly slower movement of the system. This would put the severe storm risk in our area around 8 or 9pm. We’re expecting a handful of severe storms but this will not be widespread with rain everywhere. There could be many locations that don’t pick up any rain out of this front. For classic, strong severe storms […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Windy, Warmer, Then Stormy

    Temperatures will continue to climb for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the 70s and breezy southwest winds gusting to over 35mph. Thunderstorms will develop on Wednesday evening as a dry line moves into Oklahoma. Here are main points for the Wednesday system:  Not much rain: The heaviest rain will fall east of us. Limited tornado risk: As storms initially develop, they’ll pose the greatest risk for rotation. Severe Time: 4-8pm Turning much colder late week; possibly another freeze Friday […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weather This Week

    Spring started this past  weekend but temperatures have been very cold; a Freeze Warning continues for Monday morning. Expect a warming trend for this week with highs back in the 70s and breezy south winds. Thunderstorms are expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning; some of the them could be severe. We may see another frost in NW Arkansas on Friday morning later this week. A chance for rain is possible on Easter but it’s currently trending towards the end of […]

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    Garrett’s Weekend: Weekend Forecast: Clearing & Colder

    A cold front continues to make it’s way across the area with temperatures falling along with scattered showers that are currently moving east and out of the region. A Freeze Warning has been issued for NW Arkansas. A Freeze Watch has been issued for Fort Smith and south. Saturday Morning’s Lows: NW Arkansas: 29-31º River Valley: 35-37º Even colder weather is expected for Sunday morning and freezing temperatures are likely farther south… Sunday Morning’s Lows: NW Arkansas: 25-29º River Valley: 31-34º […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Freezing For First Day of Spring

    ** A Freeze Watch is in effect for NW Arkansas for Saturday Morning** A strong cold front will arrive on Friday dropping temperatures across the region with lows expected to be freezing both Friday and Saturday night in NW Arkansas and possibly Saturday night in the Fort Smith/River Valley area. Rain will end rather quickly on Friday with cooler and drier weather for the weekend. This image from the National Weather Service shows the average date of the last freeze […]


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