JOE’S BLOG: Strong Cold Front Brings Rain Chances Friday

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After a late summer heat wave more reminiscent of mid-summer is about to come to an end as a strong cold moves through the area Friday night.

Showers and storms will develop along this front throughout the afternoon hours and track into our area late Friday afternoon and evening.

Most of the upper level energy with the front will remain will to the north and east.

This means the bulk of the severe weather and heavy rain will stay to our north and east as well. Rain totals Friday night will range from a quarter to half and inch, with some areas picking up slightly more in the heavier thunderstorms.

The best chance of organized, wide-spread severe weather will remain well out of the area within the area of best upper level energy.

However, given that temperatures will soar into the upper 90’s and low 100’s ahead of the front Friday afternoon, some storms in our area could pose a gusty wind and small hail threat. A few isolated to widely scattered storms will be possible in Northwest Arkansas this afternoon, but most of the rain will hold off until around 4PM in the north, with rain increasing later in the evening the further south.

This means we will be dealing with scattered storms for a lot of the Football Friday Night games across the area.

The rain and front will clear the area by early Saturday morning bringing an end to the hot summer-like weather….and replacing it with beautiful fall-like weather. Highs on Saturday will be some of the coolest we have felt in some time, with 70’s and low 80’s common.

RAZORBACK FORECAST: Great football weather down in Little Rock for the Hog game. Kickoff temp right at 80 with a light north wind with temps falling off into the 60’s by the end of the game. Enjoy the weather this weekend!

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