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Large Hail, Damaging Winds Expected in Friday Storms

Showers and thunderstorms will develop across Western Arkansas in the afternoon and move east through the evening hours.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Large hail and damaging winds are expected in parts of the state today when a new storm system rolls in.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says severe weather is most likely in the south/east regions of Arkansas across areas along and to the south of Interstate 40.

Forecasters say tornadoes are possible as well but relatively weak low level wind flow is expected to limit their potential.

A cold front is expected to slowly accelerate through the state later this afternoon as upper level energy approaches from the west. Thunderstorms that pop up later in the day will have the potential to develop quickly and organize into a thunderstorm complex. The NWS says forecast profiles of wind, temperature and moisture are supportive for the development of supercell thunderstorms. 

Large hail is also possible across parts of north central Arkansas, mainly north of the Little Rock Metro Area.

A somewhat enhanced risk for very large hail and widespread damaging wind gusts exists across areas along and to the south of a line from Mena to Monticello.

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