Matt joined the 5NEWS team in September 2017. He moved to the River Valley from North Dakota where he interned as a radar meteorologist/forecaster for an aviation government project. Prior to the project, he was a broadcast meteorologist for ABC affiliated station WBND in South Bend, IN.

Matt graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, along with a minor in Digital Media. While in school, he was a part of VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team), AMS/NWA NW Indiana Chapter, and Chi Epsilon Pi (Meteorological Honor Society). Some highlights of his undergraduate career include studying abroad in Cambridge, England his sophomore year, interning with 5NEWS and Adventure Arkansas during the Summer of 2016, and receiving the 2016-2017 National Weather Association Broadcast Scholarship Award his senior year.

Matt grew up all over the states including Oklahoma, Kansas, New York, and Indiana. Much of his family lives in the River Valley and he is excited to spend time with them and be their local meteorologist.

When he is not storm chasing or staring at the clouds, Matt enjoys aviation, traveling, and exercising. He loves exploring new places and spending time with his family on the homestead drinking sweet iced tea.

Matt is the 5NEWS Weekend Morning Meteorologist and host of Adventure Arkansas. If you have weather questions or an adventure idea, email him at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: Meteorologist Matt Standridge and @5NEWSMatt.

Recent Articles
  • How Much Rain Did We Get?

    Rain is coming to an end West to East Saturday Morning. Some pockets were quite heavy, dropping close to, or more than a half inch. We will continue to update rain totals through the morning. If you want to Track Max Doppler 5 from home:  LIVE RADAR AS OF 8:55AM—- Northwest Arkansas River Valley RADAR Estimated Even more rain is expected this coming week. Just on Monday and Tuesday alone, we could see more than two inches fall as a front […]

  • Chilly Morning Rain

    Track the Rain (Click Here):  LIVE RADAR You’ll wake up to many puddles Saturday (Feb 17) morning. Rain showers will push out between 8AM and 10AM. Mostly cloudy skies will linger for the majority of the day. Rainfall totals should amount to a quarter to a half inch. Much more rain is headed our way next week! Northwest Arkansas Hour-By-Hour River Valley Hour-By-Hour -Matt

  • Worst Interstates To Travel On During The Winter

    During the winter, many strong storms systems form and travel along the Polar Jet that dives south, making travel difficult. Did your local interstate make the list?  Check it out below: *The following are some of the worst interstates to travel on during the winter based on climate data.  (Other studies factor in accident statistics but those can greatly be deterred by traffic volume and patterns, and the time of day.)* Categories In Order:  Snowy, Lake-Effect, Icy, and Windy SNOWY […]

  • How Much Ice Did We Get?

    Freezing mist continued Saturday Night and into Sunday Morning. Northwest Arkansas:  Mainly between a few hundredths of an inch to two tenths. River Valley:  Mainly a trace to a hundredth of an inch. In terms of impact, this was a Level. Roads were icy, especially in Northwest Arkansas. Bridges, overpasses, and higher elevations saw their fair share of ice, all across the region. I-Cams throughout the area show the frozen trees. Super-cooled water droplets from the mist instantly froze on […]

  • Winter Weather Advisories Extended Until 9AM

    Due to the persistence of the freezing drizzle, the NWS has extended our area’s Winter Weather Advisories until 9AM. -Matt

  • UPDATE: More Winter Weather Advisories In Effect Until Sunday Morning

    Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for all of Northwest Arkansas (Benton, Carroll, Washington, & Madison), Eastern Oklahoma (Sequoyah & LeFlore), and parts of the River Valley (Crawford).  These are in effect until 6AM Sunday (Feb 11). Main Impacts:  Slick spots on some roads, bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks. Accumulations should not surpass a few hundredths of an inch. -Matt

  • Weekend Winter Weather Breakdown

    As of 12PM:  Winter Weather Advisories posted for the possibility of light ice accumulation (under 1/10″). Ice Totals:  Best chances will be in NWA and in eastern Oklahoma as colder temperatures reside in some of the higher elevations, helping the freezing process take place more quickly.  NOT EXPECTING AN ICE STORM.  Things may get a big slicker than they were earlier this week. Northwest Arkansas Timeline:  It will stay cold enough all day to allow freezing drizzle and sleet.  Expect […]

  • Ice And Rain Accumulations In Northwest Arkansas

    Drier air pushed into the region late Tuesday (Feb 6th) evening, which limited accumulations for both freezing rain and simply cold rain. Freezing rain totals were enough however to cause traffic problems for many folks along I-49 and in Northwest Arkansas. Things were cold, just not cold enough in the River Valley. Most folks picked up less than a tenth of rainfall. -Matt

  • Elevation Controlled Winter Weather Tuesday Night

    The 32-degree freezing line has set up along the southern edge of the Boston Mountains, thanks to colder air higher up in the atmosphere. The map and chart below show the change in elevation between Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. The difference of roughly a thousand feet is making a big difference.  The freezing line will shift south throughout Tuesday Evening.  Folks north will see freezing drizzle and sleet, while those south of the line will stay in a […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Slight Chance For Some Sunday Flurries

    A cold front will slide through today after lunch, dropping temperatures and bringing the chance for a few flurries in parts of Northwest Arkansas. Temperatures will start dropping by 2PM in the River Valley. Temperatures will begin to drop after 12PM in Northwest Arkansas. Waning upper-level atmospheric support will just barely sustain a few snowflakes in Northwest Arkansas, especially in Benton County.  Accumulations should be little-to-none. Better chances for accumulation will stay north of Arkansas. Futurecast: -Matt

  • Patchy Dense Fog Sunday Morning

    Patchy dense fog is setting up throughout the area.  Dense Fog Advisories are in place towards the south near Texarkana. Springdale:  I-49 Fort Smith:  Grand Avenue Visibilities at local airports as of 6:40AM Sunday. -Matt