If you have weekend outdoor plans, you will need to pay close attention to the radar. A strong line of thunderstorms looks likely late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. As you can see by the map above, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a SLIGHT RISK (level 2 out of 5) for Western AR and a greater ENHANCED RISK (level 3 out of 5) for most of Eastern OK for Saturday evening.
The images below are various computer models ALL showing rain and storms late Sat night into early Sunday. The exact timing of the storms varies a little between the different hi-res computer models, but the general consensus is a strong line of storms will develop Sat evening after 7 PM in NE OK and eventually move into NWA after 10 PM.
If you are attending the Razorback game Sat night, there is a great chance you will see distant lightning in Eastern OK many miles away to the west near the end of the game. The NCAA football lightning policy is the game will be suspended if lightning is within 8 miles of the stadium and play won’t resume until the 8 mile perimeter has been clear of lightning for 30 minutes. If these storms move in quicker then expected during the game, play won’t resume for hours and the game will likely be canceled early. Here’s your latest Razorback Gameday forecast below. Let’s hope the timing remains the same.
Finally, ALL computer models show much needed heavy rain as the line of storms slowly weakens as it moves farther east into Central Arkansas. Expect around 1 to 2 inches area wide with some locally higher amounts, which could lead to some localized flash flooding.
We’ll keep you updated if the timing of the storms happens to change, so keep it here with your Weather Authority for the latest. Download our Weather App for the latest radar and alerts on Apple and Android devices.
–Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff