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
  • Temperatures Slowly Warming

    This is a look at slowly warming temperatures with most locations approaching freezing or slightly above freezing. Cloudy skies are expected Thursday night into Friday with temperatures expected to bottom out from 29-34º After a warm day on Friday, cooler temperatures are expected for the weekend including snow chances late Saturday night into Sunday morning. -Garrett

  • Cloudy Thursday Afternoon

    Freezing drizzle chances are dwindling but low clouds will stick around for the rest of the afternoon and evening on Thursday.  Eventually breaks in the cloud deck will form overnight. Temperatures will stay fairly cool the rest of the day, near freezing in NWA and low 40s in the River Valley. Northwest Arkansas HOUR-BY-HOUR River Valley HOUR-BY-HOUR -Matt

  • WATCH: Freezing Drizzle Likely This Morning

    Areas of freezing drizzle will be possible through mid-morning. Slick bridges and overpasses will be possible before temperatures warm above freezing later this morning.     Winter Weather Advisory till 9am:  

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Wed PM – Thu AM

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for NW Arkansas & River Valley for late Wednesday into Thursday. A light glaze of ice will cause bridges and overpasses to be slick in spots. Elevated surfaces could also contain a coating of ice. Ice accumulations are expected to remain less than 1/10th of an ice and power interruptions are unlikely. Temperatures will warm above freezing by Noon on Thursday with travel conditions improving area wide. Another chance for […]

  • Light Freezing Rain Wednesday into Thursday

    Light freezing rain will develop Wednesday evening into Thursday morning across mostly Northwest Arkansas. Temperatures are expected to hover near freezing with a light glaze of ice developing on bridges and overpasses. Travel could become slick on elevated surfaces including bridges and overpasses into Thursday morning. Ice amounts are expected to remain minimal and power interruptions are not likely. More freezing precipitation (including the possibility for light snow) is in the forecast for Sunday and Monday; late this weekend into […]

  • Winter Returns For March

    The temperature trend for the next week or so will feature progressively colder temperatures with colder than normal temperatures expected for the start of March. Winter weather will also be a possibility; first with freezing drizzle possible on Thursday followed but several days with either light freezing drizzle or snow possible heading into the weekend. The jet stream once again phases south for the weekend with a large trough (aka “Polar Vortex”) spilling cold air across the central and eastern […]

  • Weekend Weather: Stormy, Windy, Colder

    Active weather is expected for this upcoming weekend with a chance for showers and thunderstorms early Saturday and then a stronger cold front on Saturday night. The highest risk of severe weather will be across the Mississippi River Valley. It appears that storms will begin across our area and then transition to our east where they’re expected to intensify. The highest chance for showers and storms locally will be during the first part of the day Saturday. Saturday afternoon will […]

  • Widespread Rain/Wintry Mix Into The Evening

    A widespread cold rain will continue and, at times, mix with freezing rain or sleet. The overall impacts on travel are expected to be minimal; however, slick spots are expected to develop on bridges and overpasses. This is a look a the most recent temperature measurements from across the area. The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for NW Arkansas where temperatures will be close to freezing. Farther south, temperatures are expected to remain above freezing with only a cold […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Tuesday

    Active winter weather is expected for Tuesday with freezing rain and sleet dominating the precipitation types. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of the area as bridges and overpasses will become slick in spots. COUNTIES INCLUDED:  BENTON, CARROLL, MADISON, WASHINGTON The precipitation type will likely change during the day on Tuesday. Morning: Freezing rain. Afternoon: Rain Evening: Freezing rain/sleet/rain. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMING RIVER VALLEY TIMING While that timeline is overly simplistic, the end result will be varying […]

  • Cold Weekend Forecast

    Cloudy and cold weather will continue into the weekend with high generally in the mid 40s to near 50º. Cloud cover and wind will make the temperatures feel colder for the entire weekend. A weak system will move across the area on Saturday night with spotty drizzle and possible some freezing drizzle in spots. Lows on Saturday night will range from 31-34º any travel impacts appear to be minimal at this time. Another system will bring more wet weather and […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    Here we go again. Another Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for our area for Friday. A cold front is expected to bring much colder temperatures that will once again cause slick spots on bridges and overpasses. This is expected to affect the Ozark Plateau; including all of NW Arkansas as well as the high terrain along I49 from Fayetteville to Fort Smith. At this point, the Winter Weather Advisory is only in effect for Benton and Carroll County but […]

  • Light Freezing Rain Saturday Night Into Sunday

    Another round of light wintry weather is expected late Saturday into Sunday. The overall weather story will be the return of rainfall and warmer temperatures; however, as rain begins temperatures are likely going to be below freezing. Temperatures will climb above freezing on Sunday and Monday with rain (liquid) being the preferred precipitation type. Expect overcast skies with a cold rain for most of Sunday and Monday. Rain totals will range from around 2″ in the Ouachitas to around 1″ […]

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