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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 sbates@kfsm.com or find her on Twitter @5NEWSSabrina.


Recent Articles
  • Science With Sabrina: Coding Robots With Van Buren Schools

    It’s amazing what kids can do these days. One local school is teaching their students how to code in order to prepare them for the future. In this week’s Science With Sabrina, Meteorologist Sabrina Bates checks out how Central Elementary in Van Buren is expanding their kids’ minds. Kids are being introduced to computer programming earlier than ever before. And, it’s not just for the big kids either. Kindergarteners are being taught how to code in school. They’re telling robots […]

  • One More Week Of Summer Heat

    The weather pattern is very persistent as it results in heat, humidity, and sunshine. By the end of the week, the weather begins to shift around. We should start feeling cooler and have a few rain chances mixed by next week. VIDEO FORECAST RELIEF IN A WEEK Hot temperatures and humidity persist as we start the next week ahead. Most days will be in the 90s, pushing 100 degrees for feel-like temperatures. The temperature trend over the next 9 days […]

  • Scorching Heat Ends The Weekend

    The trend of hot, humid, and sunny weather continues for the end of the weekend and as we start the week ahead. High temperatures will be similar to yesterday, as they climb well into the 90s. Isolated rain chances are possible this afternoon. This will mainly be in the southern part of the River Valley and into southeast Oklahoma. Most folks will be dry and sunny. This weather pattern is causing allergies to skyrocket. Ragweed and grass allergens will be […]

  • Repeat Weather The Next Few Days

    The weather pattern won’t quit as we’re already 14 days into September. As week look at the week ahead, the heat, humidity, and sunshine stick around for most of it. However, a break from this weather comes into the picture by next Thursday/Friday. HEAT PERSISTS Sunday will be another toasty day, with humidity and sunshine making it feel even worse. Temperatures will be a touch warmer than Saturday. This heat stays fairly the same as we start the week ahead, […]

  • Science With Sabrina: Fall Allergies

    The pollen level is reaching a peak across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in mid-September. Meteorologist Sabrina Bates explains how the weather can affect our allergies in this week’s Science With Sabrina.  Ragweed pollen ramps up in late summer and continues through October. It happens the same time our local weather really begins to change, and your allergies become worse because of that change.  The beginning of ragweed allergy season is typically humid and warm. Because of this, you may not […]

  • WATCH: Another Scorching Sunday

    The weather pattern continues to bring us heat, humidity, and sunshine. Next chance for rain isn’t until the end of the upcoming week. Forecast highs today will be a touch warmer than yesterday, climbing into the 90s. Monday will also have temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. Stray rain chances are possible today, but bigger possibility don’t arrive until the end of the week ahead. -Sabrina

  • WATCH: Heat Sticks Around This Weekend

    The weather story stays the same for both days this weekend: hot, humid, and sunny. The summer-like weather is sticking around into September. High temperatures on Saturday will be in the 90s across the board. It will feel warmer than that because of the humidity and high UV index. Sunday high temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than today, with the humidity staying in place. Clear and sunny skies will prevail today, with a few more clouds tracing in […]

  • Science With Sabrina: Water Pollution With Springdale Schools

    We love to visit our local creeks and rivers. However, you may not think about the water quality of them. In this week’s Science With Sabrina, Meteorologist Sabrina Bates goes on a field trip with the Springdale School District to see how they’re checking on water pollution. The Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) has teamed up with Springdale School District Students in the EAST program. This specific project began about three years ago, but this is their last year visiting […]

  • Record Setting Rainfall In The River Valley

    It’s been a tremendous year for rainfall in Fort Smith. We already broke records, and now we surpassed the previous record’s precipitation total for August. The old highest rainfall record was set in 1890 at 10.89″. We broke that record with 11.70″ of rain recorded for this August (2019). The difference between the two is almost an inch. That’s not the only precipitation total that stands out. Over one year, Fort Smith typically receives around 45″ of precipitation. This is […]

  • Dorian Intensifies To A Category 5 Hurricane

    At the 7am Sunday update, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has upgraded the intensity of Hurricane Dorian to a Category 5. The maximum sustained winds are 160 mph. This surpasses a Category 4 hurricane by 4 mph. The track of Dorian has it impacting the Bahamas on Sunday, before it grazes the southeast U.S. Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are still possible without landfall. Dorian will not impact Arkansas. -Sabrina

  • WATCH: First Day Of September Feels Like Summer

    We’re starting the month of September with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will be warm this afternoon, with everyone in the 80s. It will also be muggy, so heat indices will be in the 90s. Isolated rain showers and storms are possible this afternoon and into the evening. This is mainly in higher terrain areas, such as the Boston Mountains and the Ouachitas. Dried, sunnier, and warmer weather is expected for Labor Day. The rest of the week […]

  • WATCH: Labor Day Weekend Forecast

    SATURDAY Temperatures will be comfortable in the morning, then climbs into the 80s by the afternoon. Overall, the humidity will be present, but it won’t be as high as last week. Rain chances will be highest on Saturday, then quickly wind down for the rest of the weekend. Scattered rain will move in after lunchtime with chances throughout the afternoon. It won’t be a major washout, but you may run into a splash-and-dash shower. REST OF THE WEEKEND Rain chances […]

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