Garrett Lewis, 5NEWSONLINE

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Recent articles by Garrett:

Update On Next Round Of Rain

Additional showers and thunderstorms will be likely late-Friday into early Saturday. Like the recent rounds of rain, the severe weather threat will be low but the threat for flash flooding remains elevated. This is especially true in locations that have already received several inches of rain within the last 48-hours. → Read More

Hot End To Workweek; Changes Soon

Temperatures continue to run above normal with highs in the 90s and a heat index near 100º. Change will arrive this weekend with the ridge of high pressure shifting west enough to allow a weak front to approach from the north. → Read More

‘Barry’ Becomes A Tropical Storm, Threatens Louisiana, Should Stay East Of Our Area

The National Hurricane Center has named “Tropical Storm Barry” developing in the Gulf of Mexico. At this point, the official National Hurricane Center forecast track is east of our area, but it's still something to watch. East of the track, very heavy rain is likely. → Read More

Tonight’s Firework Forecast

Scattered showers will continue across portions of the area for the early evening hours on July 4th. Locally heavy downpours will be possible but most thunderstorms will quickly fade after sunset. → Read More

Fort Smith Flash Flood Warning

Over two inches of rain has fallen in the Arkansas River Valley in the last hour. This has caused Flash Flooding across the Fort Smith Metro. The Flash Flood Warning is for Sebastian, Crawford, Sequoyah, Leflore, Johnson, Logan & Scott. → Read More

ArDOT Patches Up Possible Sinkhole In Van Buren

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — The City of Van Buren is currently dealing with a sinkhole that appeared in the northbound lane of 4th Street near I-540. The City had to direct traffic for a short time while they patched the hole with a metal plate and the road is back open now. → Read More

SKY5 Helps Stranded Cat Over Arkansas River Flood

The effects of the flood are felt from rural farms to to city homes. It’s even affected the smallest among us. This cat had been stranded on a roof above the raging Arkansas River for about a week. A Facebook post went viral so we set out to see if we could help. → Read More

Arkansas River Flood Timeline, 41 feet By Sunday

Current projections from the hydrologists with the National Weather Service & Corps of Engineers place the Arkansas River at the following heights at these times: Current level 2pm Friday 32.99ft Friday 7pm: 34.70ft *The river passes 2015 flood levels* Saturday 1am: 36. → Read More

Arkansas River Will Climb 12ft In Three Days

Record flooding in NE Oklahoma around Tulsa continues to drain into the Arkansas River Basin and will flow downstream affecting our area. Major Flood Stage is forecast to occur on the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River at Van Buren is currently 20.46ft and below flood stage. → Read More

NEW: Tornado Watch Until 1AM

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch until 1am. Any thunderstorms that develop in the warm, moist environment will have the potential to become severe with large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes possible. → Read More

NWS: EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in LeFlore County

The National Weather Service in Tulsa confirmed an additional tornado from the storms of April 30th. An EF-1 tornado occurred in LeFlore County near the town of Summerfield. → Read More

More Rain Arriving Friday

Another round of heavy rain will arrive on Friday with more showers and thunderstorms likely across NW Arkansas and the River Valley. Rain totals will once again be near or over 1" which will lead to additional flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Saturday morning. → Read More

NWS: Winds Up To 105mph Hit Johnson County Last Night

According to a National Weather Service storm survey of Johnson County, wind ranging from 74-105mph hit the Knoxville area late Tuesday night. The storm survey revealed peak wind damage consistent with 105mph winds. Thunderstorm winds can often equal that of tornadoes; for example, EF 1 tornadoes have winds up to 110mph. → Read More

Meteor Causes Sonic Boom Thursday Evening

The GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) capture a meteor in NE Oklahoma around 5:20pm. The meteor was visible across much of the area and a large green fireball. The meteor created a smoke trail as it burned across the ski; Tisha Rowley shot this picture of the smoke. → Read More

Sneezing Lately? Here’s Why…

Seasonal allergies have reappeared in a big way recently with tree pollen leading the way. Locally, it's the Juniper, Elm, & Maple trees that are causing the majority of the allergy problems. There are moderate amounts of ragweed in the area. → Read More

Winter Weather Advisory: Tuesday

Active winter weather is expected for Tuesday with freezing rain and sleet dominating the precipitation types. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of the area as bridges and overpasses will become slick in spots. → Read More

Light Freezing Rain Saturday Night Into Sunday

Another round of light wintry weather is expected late Saturday into Sunday. The overall weather story will be the return of rainfall and warmer temperatures; however, as rain begins temperatures are likely going to be below freezing. → Read More

Watching Thunderstorms This Afternoon

Severe thunderstorms are developing south of a stalled cold front. Storms that that develop south of this front will have the risk of rotation and damaging winds. This is the first round of severe weather and will last until around 7pm. → Read More

Severe Weather Along Strong Front Wednesday

5NEWS will be operating under a Weather Alert Day on Wednesday night into Thursday with a powerful cold front dropping temperatures and causing severe thunderstorms. → Read More

Quick System Brings Friday Flurries, Light Snow

The weather pattern for the next several days will feature several small systems embedded within an active northwest flow pattern. The end result will be several reinforcing shots of cold air. Each time a weak disturbance arrives from the northwest we'll see gusty northwest winds, a drop in temperatures and a few flurries or light snow. → Read More