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
  • Snow Ending Soon, Frigid Weather To Follow

    The last snow band is continuing to taper off and move off to the east. The snow should be done falling within a few hours, with only a few flurries by early afternoon. We’re snow-free the rest of the day, but the temperatures continue to drop. It’ll be a frigid morning tomorrow. Futurecast 12PM – Snow will be ending from west to east.  The eastern River Valley will likely still see minor accumulations in the early afternoon. Futurecast 2PM – […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory Extended Into River Valley

    The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended further south into the River Valley. All of the counties in our area are included. The time of the advisory has also been extended until 6PM for each county. The advisory was pushed further south because moisture and colder temperatures have reached western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The timing of the system has not shifted much. We will begin to see the rain transition to snow after 6AM. The best chance of falling […]

  • WATCH: Cold Today Before A Warm Up

    The storm system that brought us rain and snow to our north has moved off to the east. It’s now ushering  in cold air from the north. The chilly weather stays with us today before we begin to gradually warm up through the beginning of the week. Afternoon high temperatures won’t budge much from this morning. Everyone will sit in the mid-30s or low 40s. Clouds will begin to break in the River Valley throughout the day. More clouds than […]

  • WATCH: Showers Early, Flurries Possible Late

    The big weather maker is the system bringing us rain and snow to our north. Our temperatures are too warm for any winter precipitation. Some freezing rain is possible at higher elevations this morning. A few flurries may fly this evening in NW Arkansas. No travel problems are expected. Futurecast 10AM – Scattered showers likely throughout the day, but not everyone will see rain. Northwest Arkansas will have better coverage than the River Valley. Futurecast 7PM – Most of 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

  • WATCH: Warm And Windy Sunday

    The weather pattern continues to bring us warmer air temperatures from the south. As a system moves closer late tonight, winds will increase and minimal rain chances are possible overnight. We clear out for the middle of the week and keep the mild temperatures. Afternoon high temperatures will be slightly warmer than yesterday. Everyone will climb into the 60s. Southerly winds continue to usher in warmer temperatures. Futurecast 3PM – Clouds increase by the afternoon as the system moves closer. […]

  • WATCH: Mild And Sunny Weekend

    The weather pattern keeps us sunny and mild this weekend. Temperatures are well above-normal, reaching the low to mid 60s for everyone. Clouds increase tomorrow night with rain chances into early Monday morning. Afternoon high temperatures will reach the low 60s. There’s plenty of sunshine today and tomorrow. Rain likely Monday morning. The middle of the week is dry. -Sabrina

  • Rain Continues, Wintry Mix Possible Early Tomorrow

    The messy system continues to bring us rain, while central Oklahoma gets winter weather. Temperatures are too warm for any snow/sleet to fall this evening, but if temperatures drop enough tomorrow morning, the roads may become slick. Warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine begin tomorrow afternoon and last through the weekend. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Le Flore county until 6AM. Main concern is minor accumulations of snow or sleet that could impact early travel on the […]

  • WATCH: Cold Start To New Year

    A cold front moved through the area overnight ushering in cold temperatures and low clouds. Some fog remains persistent in NW Arkansas but should lift by mid-morning. Cold air stays with us today, but we’re rain-free. Precipitation tracks in tomorrow night, with a potential chance for winter weather by Thursday. Today’s temperatures will be pretty consistent and stay in the 30s. Folks in the River Valley may have temperatures climb into the low 40s. Futurecast 9AM – A northerly breeze […]

  • WATCH: Chilly And Cloudy Sunday

    A high pressure system sits overhead keeping us dry. But, the pattern changes for this afternoon. We get southerly winds and moisture moving in. A stray shower is possible in the afternoon, but the coverage increases after sunset. Afternoon high temperatures will feel slightly warmer than yesterday. Everyone should reach the low to mid 40s. Futurecast 4PM – A stray shower is possible to our south. Rain will move from the south to the north. Futurecast 8PM – Scattered showers […]

  • WATCH: Cold Start To The Weekend

    A high pressure system sits to our northwest leaving us cold and dry today. A mix of sun and clouds through today, with a slim chance of a stray shower. The big rain makes it’s way in tomorrow night. More bitter air is on the way for Tuesday. Afternoon high temperatures will be below normal for the end of December. NW Arkansas will sit in the upper 30s, while the River Valley likely climbs into the low 40s. We’re dry […]

  • Heavy Rain Overnight

    A strong system blows in heavy rain later tonight. The strongest storms for Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley will be after 9PM as a line moves through. Biggest threats are heavy rain and a few isolated strong wind gusts. Rain will clear out by early morning tomorrow. Severe storms will stay far to our south. The main severe threat will remain in Texas. We may have a few thunderstorms tonight, but none will be severe. While rain will fall […]