6:30 AM Friday Update...I have had a chance to review the latest model data this morning and thought I would give you an update. I still think we'll be able to squeeze in 2 mostly dry days... today and Saturday The front that brought the wet weather Thursday will get a push to the north as a storm system to out west advances eastward. Rain and storms will overspread the state Saturday night into Sunday. At first, it appears western Arkansas will have the best chance, but as the storm moves to the northeast, it will drag a boundary through the state. This will gradually push an area of rain and storms into central and eastern Arkansas. The American GFS and Euro both are more aggressive with the rainfall affecting much of the state, but the NAM wants to delay things some and give western Arkansas the majority of the wet weather. So there are some uncertainties. As I stated below, there will be some flooding concerns since we do have some soil moisture present now. The amount it takes to cause flooding will be less. However, the question now is, how much will fall Sunday and Monday?
As many of you know, I have been talking about a big time warm up next week with highs that could challenge daily record highs. While I still think that's within the realm of possibilities, clouds with a few showers and storms will be possible as we head through the week. This may keep afternoon highs in check, but that's in the long term and we'll see how that all pans out. While there may be small rain chances by the middle to end of the week, I question how organized it will be. As always, I'll keep you updated.
Check out the updated maps below.
|HPC seems to think most of the rain will be under 3'' with this next round. Notice the focus will be across the western half of the state.|
|This is the overnight run of the NAM. Notice it focuses the heaviest rain to the west across Oklahoma. This is round #2 which is scheduled to arrive Saturday night into Sunday.|
Well by now you know if you have a leak in your roof. You have until Saturday night into Sunday to fix it.
Round 1 of rain will come to an end early Friday morning. With rainfall amounts throughout central Arkansas around 1-2'' and higher amounts further north, we could easily pick up a few more inches as the next wave of low pressure passes by. Here's the good news... as we thought, the ground was dry enough to absorb most of the water with very little in the way of flooding problems. Now the ground will have a couple of days to dry out, then the next batch of rain will arrive. The amount it will take to cause flooding will be less, so we'll have to watch that situation.
How about that cold air that came into northern Arkansas late Thursday?! It was cold enough to get sleet in many locations, but temperatures were well above freezing so there were no problems. It's almost like winter was saying, "remember me? I'll be back next year and I won't be so nice."
Below you will find pictures and video from today's wild and wacky weather. You will also find detailed information about what to expect later this weekend into next week.
Here's some video of the sleet in northwest Arkansas via Ricky Carney on twitter.
|Newark, Arkansas hail from Lisa Parish Harlan|
|Doppler radar rainfall estimates show a swath of 4-5'' from west central into northeast Arkansas. This is from Wednesday night until about 7 PM Thursday|
|The HPC shows up to 2'' of rain Saturday at 7 PM through Sunday at 7 PM. Notice the focus is western Arkansas with lesser amounts the further east.|
|As the area of low pressure ejects to the north, it will draw moisture and move the axis of high rainfall amounts towards central and eastern Arkansas. This is the HPC total rainfall expected from 7 PM Sunday through Tuesday.|