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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
  • NEW: Tornado Watch Until This Evening

    The Storm Prediction Center has extended the Tornado Watch until 2PM Tuesday for the western River Valley and Northwest Arkansas. The Watch has also expanded further east into Arkansas through 7PM. Any thunderstorms that develop ahead of a boundary have the potential to have damaging winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes. -5NEWS Weather

  • Winds Over 100 mph And Damage Tracks Over 600 Yards Wide; New Information On River Valley Tornadoes

    The National Weather Service (NWS) in Tulsa has released new information regarding Saturday’s tornadoes that rolled through Sebastian and Crawford counties. The survey team determined the length, width, and duration of each EF-1 tornado path. Fort Smith Tornado: EF-1 Path length – 5.3 miles Path width – 450 yards Estimated peak winds – 95 to 105 mph On the ground between 1:55PM and 2:04PM (9 minutes) The tornado began southwest of Arkoma and travelled east-northeast across Fort Smith. It dissipated […]

  • WATCH: Dry And Sunny Sunday

    The severe weather has cleared and we’re left with much nicer weather for the end of our weekend. A few sprinkles are possible early this morning. We’re dry the rest of the day. Clouds will begin to break and the sun will be out. Winds will shift and come out of the north. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 70s and low 80s. Next chance for strong to severe storms will be late Monday thru Tuesday. -Sabrina

  • WATCH: Strong To Severe Storms This Afternoon

    The severe threat for today is a Level 3 (out of 5) for Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. All modes of severe weather are possible. You’ll need to stay weather aware throughout the afternoon and into the evening. FUTURECAST 11AM – A few showers and storms may develop ahead of the main line. These discrete cells could be become severe. FUTURECAST 2PM – Ahead of this main line, sporadic severe cells may develop. But, the certain line of strong […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Horseback Riding At Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

    With summer almost here, many families are looking for nearby vacation places. Look no further than Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. The dude ranch in Jasper, Arkansas has plenty of outdoor activities to try, including horseback riding! Meteorologist Sabrina Bates hits the trails for this week’s Adventure Arkansas. The riding trails are unique with rugged terrain, creeks, and nearby sandstone bluffs. In order to ride at the ranch, you must stay overnight. For more information, click here. Segment Sponsored By: Adventure Subaru 

  • WATCH: Pleasant Mother’s Day Weather

    While a weak cold front will move through later this morning, the chance for rain is very low. A stray sprinkle or shower is possible, but any rain will likely stay in Missouri. The clouds will eventually break and the sun will shine through. The weak cold front will move through around lunchtime. Most the rain, if any, will stay in Missouri. Northwest Arkansas may see a stray shower. Afternoon high temperatures will be near 70 degrees with low humidity. […]

  • WATCH: Rainy Start To Saturday

    Futurecast 10AM – Rainfall will continue throughout the morning, but not everyone will see rain. The scattered showers will move west to east. There’s no severe weather potential. Futurecast 12PM – Rain will begin tapering off midday, but another round of showers will likely move into the River Valley around noon. Futurecast 4PM – After the rain moves east, spotty showers are possible throughout the afternoon. Temperatures will be cool and will only reach the low to mid 60s. -Sabrina

  • A Quarter Of The Year’s Rain In One Week

    An active spring weather pattern of showers and storms has brought us more rainy days than dry ones.  Many roads and fields are flooded since the ground is excessively saturated. Since there has been so much rainfall over a short amount of time, any amount of rain poses a concern and can lead to flooding. From the beginning of the year through May 6th, both Fayetteville and Fort Smith received above-normal rainfall totals. FAYETTEVILLE The normal amount of rainfall that […]

  • WATCH: Isolated Showers Next Few Days

    Afternoon high temperatures will climb into the 70s for everyone. Sunshine may make it feel warmer outside. Futurecast 3PM – Weather models have been showing different rain chances for the afternoon. There is a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm this afternoon. Most folks will stay dry. Futurecast 3AM – A quick system could bring isolated rain chances overnight, but it’ll clear by the morning commute. -Sabrina

  • Warm And Sunny Sunday

    The weather pattern will finally keep the weather nice for the weekend. There will be more sunshine than clouds tomorrow as the temperatures begin to climb. Rain returns to the forecast early on Monday and the middle of the week. Sunday high temperatures will be in the 70s and approaching 80 degrees. We’re rain-free through the rest of the weekend until early on Monday morning. A quick system will clip the area bringing some showers along with it. -Sabrina

  • WATCH: Spotty Showers, Sunshine After

    Afternoon high temperatures will be slightly below normal in the low 70s. Spotty showers are possible this afternoon, but it won’t be a washout. Next chance for rain is early on Monday. Severe weather is possible Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. -Sabrina

  • Early Morning “Wake Low” Causes High Winds

    Unusually high winds struck parts of Northwest Arkansas overnight, but it wasn’t because of thunderstorms.  It was caused by a “wake low”. Strong winds stretched from Fayetteville to Siloam Springs. Local airports reported that the highest winds gusted between 50 to 60 mph. This caused tree damage and power outages, even though the rain was wrapping up. “Wake Low” Breakdown This weather phenomena is defined as a mesoscale low that develops behind the high pressure created by the rain. These […]

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