A cold front is knocking on our doorstep this afternoon and about to push into Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Ahead of this front, a few strong to severe thunderstorms could develop, prompting a Weather Ready Day. Here is everything you need to know about tonight’s threat:
When and Where
Storms will begin to develop in northeastern Oklahoma, southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas around dinner time (5-6 PM).
Moving northwest to southeast, the front will arrive in the River Valley a few hours later (7-8 PM). Showers and thunderstorms will continue into the early morning hours
Rainfall will continue for Northwest Arkansas until around midnight with isolated showers ending around 2 A.M. in Boone and Newton counties. The River Valley can expect rain until around 2 A.M. with isolated showers ending around 5 A.M. We should be dry for the majority of the Monday morning commute.
Gusty winds, hail up to 1.25″ in diameter (half-dollar), heavy rain, and frequent lighting are possible with any storms that develop along the front. There is a limited tornado threat for this evening as well.
Watch Vs. Warnings
During any severe weather event, it is important to know the difference between a watch and a warning. Let’s put it in context of baking cookies. A “cookie watch” means the ingredients are coming together and the environment is primed for some cookies to be baked. A “cookie warning” means the cookies are done and out of the oven or just about to be.
A Cool Down Is Coming!
Ahead of the front, temperatures will be in the mid-upper 70s. As the front moves through, a quick, sharp drop in temperature is expected with temperatures dropping 15-20 degrees within an hour or two.
The cooler weather will last beyond tonight and tomorrow, with below-average temperatures forecasted for the week ahead.
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