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: Weekend Forecast Hour-By-Hour

    Scattered showers and even thunderstorms are possible all weekend but it won’t be a nonstop rain all weekend. The heaviest rain will fall late Sunday night and Monday. There should be a break in the rain during some of the day on Sunday. Here’s a look at the hour-by-hour forecast 6AM SATURDAY NOON SATURDAY 6PM SATURDAY 6AM SUNDAY NOON SUNDAY 6PM SUNDAY… That’s the BIG area of rain moving in from the west. Rain totals for this whole event will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Foggy Friday

    Very heavy fog continues across most of Northwest Arkansas and will persist in the evening and overnight hours. Use caution while driving, visibility is less than 1mile in many locations across the area. The heaviest rain will move into the area on Sunday night into Monday morning. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Ice In Benton & Carroll County Towards Sunrise

    Temperatures are already near or 1-2º below freezing in Benton and Carroll County this evening and this is the most favored location for light ice accumulation overnight into the first part of the day on Friday. All temperatures will warm above freezing by Noon in our area and widespread additional icing won’t occur. Ice Storm Warnings are out for Oklahoma, Missouri, & Kansas. Use caution if you’re travelling into that area this weekend. This map shows the chances for TRACE […]

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    Freezing Rain Advisory Issued For Benton and Carroll County

    A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for Benton and Carroll Co for tonight into Friday morning. Less than 1/10th of an inch of ice is anticipated and should be confined to elevated surfaces. Usually .25″ or greater causes power outages; widespread utility interruptions are not expected in Arkansas. Bridges and overpasses could become slick in spots on Friday morning but temperatures are expected to warm above freezing the day.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Who Gets The Ice Storm? Here’s Where Power Outages Are Most Likely

    The arctic front is currently moving across Kansas and Missouri with colder air oozing south for the remainder of the week. The pressure gradient along the front has caused extremely windy conditions across our area this afternoon with numerous brush fires for the second day in a row. Winds have been frequently gusting over 30mph with occasional gusts over 45mph in NW Arkansas. Winds are expected to weaken some after sunset but remain in the 20-30mph range as the cold […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wild Winds This Afternoon Nearing 50mph

    The pressure gradient as a cold front near the area continues to tighten with wild winds whipping across the area out of the south and west. Strong winds will continue across the area into Wednesday with frequent gusts over 30mph out of the west. The cold front this evening will drop temperatures into the 50s for Wednesday with yet another and strong front set to move into the area late weekend into the weekend. Here’s a look at some of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Big Rain Coming; Ice Storm Potential

    There’s a lot to watch this week including the arrival of an arctic front late week and winter weather potential. As of this afternoon, it appears we will miss the heaviest ice accumulations to the north and west with places like Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Springfield, Missouri more favored for ice accumulation and winter weather potential. The current forecast has our area *out* of the ice storm risk. That said, shallow cold, arctic air is notoriously difficult to forecast and the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Odd Vertical Light Shaft A “Sun Pillar”

    What was that odd sunset about this evening? Many of you have sent pictures to me of a large vertical light shaft on the horizon right at sunset this evening.   This is known as a “sun pillar”. Sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off ice crystals that are falling from the clouds (usually cirrostratus clouds). These ice crystals are hexagonal shapes and falling vertically, as light is reflected thru the crystals a “sun pillar” is born. While it’s not an […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Snow Totals

    The heaviest snow on Thursday night fell across Muskogee into Cherokee and Adair County where as much as 3-5″ fell. In our area, snow totals ranged from 1/2 inch in Fayetteville to 1.5″ in Fort Smith with pockets of higher totals with some of the heavier bands of snow including areas near Ozark where some reports came in near 3″. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Tracking The Snow Hour-By-Hour

    5NEWS has implemented a Winter Weather Alert Day for Friday January 6th, 2017 for light snow which is expected to fall along and south of the I40 corridor in West Central Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.  A Winter Weather Alert Day is issued when winter weather is expected to affect travel or cause widespread delays or disruptions to your daily routine. During an Alert Day, expect more blogs, more video forecasts online, more Facebook Live broadcasts, & more coverage on-air about […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of West Central Arkansas and SE Oklahoma. Late Thursday night, light snow is expected to move in from Oklahoma with accumulations around 1″ or less. Although accumulations will be light, it will be enough to cause road surfaces to be slick and hazardous on Friday morning; especially locations along and south of I40. Additional blog posts and forecast updates to follow this afternoon. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Snow Friday Targets South of I40

    An area of light snow will move across the area late Thursday night into Friday morning. While accumulations are expected to be light (1″ of less for most) it still may cause problems on bridges and overpasses on Friday morning. The timing of the snow would be after midnight late Thursday and around 2-6am Friday. The higher elevation of the Ouachitas could pick up around an inch or more with most locations picking up minimal amounts around one-half inch or […]