Severe weather possible Memorial Day weekend

JONESBORO, Ark. – NEA will be facing potential storms this weekend, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said Thursday.

Severe thunderstorms will become possible Saturday afternoon and early evening across northern Arkansas, the NWS said. While uncertainty exists on whether storms can form and become mature, any storm that does form will have the potential to produce very large hail and damaging winds. These storms may also be capable of producing a tornado or two, although the most severe expectations seem to be focused on straight line winds.

As time goes going Saturday evening into the early morning hours on Sunday, the potential for seeing more organized thunderstorms will increase as a cold front drops south into the state, the weather service said. These thunderstorms could also become severe, with damaging winds possible with the strongest storms as this activity looks to form into a larger, more organized line or complex.

Large hail and a few brief tornadoes will also be possible as this line or complex moves south across northern Arkansas. Some locally heavy rain may also be seen, resulting in an isolated flash flood threat.


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