Thanks again to S. Todd Miller for those incredible pictures of lightning hitting the state capitol. You can see those pics and video in the blog post below.
From record snow and low temperatures earlier in the month to severe weather and tornadoes. How's that for Arkansas Weather? There's nothing normal with it ever!
A similar set up will occur late Sunday with another round of strong to severe thunderstorms. I expect a line to begin to organize Sunday evening and it should push through the state while your TRYING to sleep Sunday night and Monday morning. I have a feeling there will be a ton of people awakened Sunday night by strong winds and thunder. The main threat will be damaging winds and some hail. A tornado can't be ruled out, especially if any storms can organize in front of the main line. The time of day this is coming through will hopefully keep the severity levels in check, but I still expect severe weather. If this were coming through during the peak heating of the day, I would have even more concern. Nevertheless, everyone should sign up for WeatherCall 7. Your phone will ring in the middle of the night IF you are in the direct path of an incoming severe storm or tornado.
Here is the simulated radar pics from the overnight run of the NAM model showing the line of storms Sunday night moving rapidly across the state. Keep checking back here this weekend for any changes and updates to this situation.
|NAM model valid midnight Monday AM. The line moving into western and northwestern AR.|
|The NAM valid at 3 AM Monday morning shows the line moving through central Arkansas|
|By 6 AM, the NAM indicates the line should be crossing the Mississippi River with cooler and stable air moving into the state.|
|SPC issues a slight risk for severe weather for all of Arkansas late Sunday into Monday morning|