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: 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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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain, Colder Weekend Ahead

    Clouds will be increasing across for Thursday and Friday with the best chance for rain on Friday with a front arriving from the north. Rain will be quick to leave with clearing skies and much colder weather for the weekend. A frost is possible Sunday morning and then again possible Monday morning. Here’s what’s causing the pattern change… This front is fast moving with most of the rain leaving the area during the overnight into Saturday morning. Rain totals won’t […]

  • Tornado Watch for the River Valley This Afternoon

    A Tornado Watch has been issued for Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Polk, Scott and Logan Counties, AR and Leflore and Sequoyah, OK counties  until 7PM tonight. Hail looks to be the biggest threat as some storms this afternoon could possibly produce hail up to 2″ in diameter. White the tornado risk is low, there is a chance of rotation in some of the storms as this  system moves into Eastern OK and Western AR. The threat should end this evening, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Planning This Weekend Around Weather

    Rain is in the forecast for this weekend but it will not be a nonstop rain nor will be be a washout. Like the last few days, the rain will arrive in waves and there are two waves that should give us the best chance for rain. 1st Round:  Arrives midday on Saturday with mostly light rain showers. Ending late evening. 2nd Round: Arrives in the afternoon Sunday and will be thunderstorms; some severe is possible but the worst might be […]


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