Sabrina joined the 5NEWS team in June 2018 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. She’s originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Although she’s new to the area, Sabrina is excited to be a part of the Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley communities.

Sabrina graduated from Valparaiso University, with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with minors in Mathematics and Digital Media. During college, she was actively involved in her campus television station and was part of the planning committee for Relay for Life. She also was blessed with the opportunity to intern at the legendary WGN-TV in Chicago.

When she isn’t cloud-gazing, Sabrina enjoys cooking, yoga, spending time with her family, volunteering, and exploring new places.

Sabrina is also the co-host of Adventure Arkansas. If you have any weather questions or an adventure idea, you can email her at or find her on Twitter @5NEWSSabrina.

Recent Articles
  • Science With Sabrina: How Snowflakes Are Different

    During the winter, sometimes we’ll associate cold with snow. But, have you looked closely at a snowflake before? Meteorologist Sabrina Bates answers the question “why are no two snowflakes alike?” on this week’s Science With Sabrina. The reason why we know the six-sided shape of the snowflake is because of water molecules. The molecules connect together in the shape of a hexagon. The hexagon links together with other hexagons and grows outward. The outside edges of the snowflake grow last, […]

  • Warming Trend Continues For Start Of Week

    Warmer temperatures and sunshine are in the forecast as we start our week. Rain chances increase midweek. SUNDAY FORECAST The temperatures are chilly to start the day, but they warm into the mid 50s for the afternoon. Northwest Arkansas River Valley RAIN CHANCES? A stray shower is possible in the afternoon, but the chance is low. The possibility of rain increases by midweek, especially all day on Tuesday. -Sabrina

  • Mostly Dry Saturday, Rain Overnight

    The weather pattern brings us some sunshine and warmer temperatures today. Rain is possible overnight, but the chance remains low. HOUR-BY-HOUR Northwest Arkansas: Cold start, but highs near 50 degrees River Valley: Chilly morning, but highs in the low 50s RAIN CHANCES Most of the day will be clear, but a quick disturbance moves through later tonight. Stay showers are possible this evening, but the heaviest of rain will be after midnight. Rain ends mid to late morning on Sunday. […]

  • Weekend Weather: Sunshine With Few Showers

    The weather pattern starts to change this weekend. Instead of cold and snow, we’ll have mild temperatures with some sunshine. Rain chances are there, but they are minimal. VIDEO FORECAST A LOOK AT THE WEEKEND Saturday morning will be cold, with temperatures in the 20s. Temperatures rebound to near 50 degrees for Saturday afternoon. A quick disturbance moves through Saturday night and leaves us Sunday morning. This means we’ll have rain chances from about 6PM Saturday until 10AM Sunday. Light […]

  • Science With Sabrina: Types Of Winter Precipitation

    Winter means cold days and cold nights. But, sometimes the temperature hovers right around freezing. If that happens, there’s a chance for not only rain and snow, but also sleet and freezing rain. It’s all complicated to forecast. Meteorologist Sabrina Bates answers the question, “how can we get both sleet and snow at the same time?“ on this week’s Science With Sabrina. We know that precipitation is a form of water that falls from clouds. The temperature between the clouds […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory Expanded

    A winter weather advisory has been expanded to include all of our viewing area. This includes Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. It begins at midnight and continues until 3PM on Wednesday. Mixed precipitation (snow, sleet, freezing drizzle, and rain) is possible. Accumulations will be minor, but some places may see up to one inch. The timing of the transition from rain to the mixed precipitation could change, which will affect snow/sleet accumulations. This will cause difficult travel during the […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Fort Smith Aerial Fitness

    We’re only a couple weeks into the new year, and many folks are looking for a new fitness routine. Look no further than this week’s Adventure Arkansas for that workout. We visited the only aerial fitness studio in the River Valley. Fort Smith Aerial Fitness gives a unique alternative to physical growth, by using hoops and silks! Take a look!  For more information on Fort Smith Aerial Fitness, tap HERE. -Sabrina Segment Sponsored By: Adventure Subaru

  • Cold But Sunny Start Of Week

    The current weather pattern isn’t changing for a few days, so we’re left with cold temperatures and sunshine. Rain returns beginning on Wednesday and clears out on Friday. HOUR-BY-HOUR Northwest Arkansas: Temperatures are cold to start the day, and highs will only be near 40 degrees. River Valley:  Temperatures start in the 30s, with highs in the upper 40s for the afternoon. MONDAY Temperatures for early Monday will be colder than Sunday. Brisk winds out of the north and west will […]

  • Cold Air Settles In Saturday

    Rain moved out overnight as the cold front shifted east. Behind it, cold and dry air continues to filter in on Saturday. Temperatures will drop throughout the day, with the cold sticking around the next few days. Morning temperatures in the 50s was a tease for most folks. In Northwest Arkansas, the cold air rushes in mid-morning, dropping temperatures into the 40s. Temperatures for the late morning and afternoon will hover in the low 40s. Winds out of the northwest […]

  • Science With Sabrina: Understanding The EF-Scale

    The National Weather Service (NWS) continues to survey the recent storm damage. But, have you wondered what their team looks at to determine if it’s a tornado and its rating? Meteorologist Sabrina Bates breaks it down in this week’s Science With Sabrina.  The NWS will head out to damaged areas to survey what caused the destruction. They measure damage caused by a tornado using the Enhanced Fujita scale, or EF-scale for short. This used to be called the Fujita scale. […]

  • Logan County Family Reunited With Dog After Their Home Was Destroyed During Tornado

    LOGAN COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — One family has been reunited with their dog after an EF2 tornado hit their home. Ona and Bruce Dunlap’s dog, Dasha, is terrified of storms. The Dunlap family was able to make it to their storm shelter just before the tornado hit, but Dasha didn’t follow. Bruce tried hard to get Dasha into the storm shelter with him, but with the tornado looming, he had to take shelter. After the storm passed late Friday (Jan. […]

  • NEW: River Valley Tornado Tracks Confirmed

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in our area on Friday night. An EF-2 struck rural Logan County, while an EF-1 hit Franklin County. There was also confirmation of localized wind damage in a few areas. FIRST TORNADO The first confirmed tornado touched down in rural Logan County. It began in Corley, AR (east of Cove Lake) and traveled 13.6 miles northeast. It hit the town of Midway and Prarie View, before lifting north of […]

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