Tornado Watch Issued for Much of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Severe weather is expected to threaten large parts of Arkansas Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

Our meteorologists say thunderstorms will develop Wednesday afternoon across western and portions of central Arkansas. This activity will start off scattered but the thunderstorms will become more organized into a line or complex by late this afternoon and into the early evening hours.

This line will move east across western into central sections of the state during the evening and into the overnight hours. The line of thunderstorms can be expected to move east of the state by around sunrise Thursday morning.

The primary severe weather threats will be large damaging hail greater than 1 inch in diameter and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. Tornadoes will also be possible, especially across northern sections of the state this afternoon and evening with the thunderstorm activity.

A tornado threat will also exist across a larger portion of the area as the line of thunderstorms moves east late this evening and overnight. There will also be an isolated flash flood threat, especially where any thunderstorms trail over the same areas.

Additional showers and thunderstorms will be possible on Thursday as the cold front moves across Arkansas. Isolated severe storms are possible, primarily ahead of the front. Damaging wind gusts and large hail will be the primary threat with any severe storms.

TIMING: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

MAIN THREATS: Isolated strong to violent tornado. Very large hail 2"+, damaging wind gusts.

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