Garrett Lewis, 5NEWSONLINE

Garrett Lewis


Arkansas, United States

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Tornado Watch now in effect until 11pm

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 11pm. Storms that first develop in NE Oklahoma will move SE towards Arkansas during the early evening hours. Damaging winds are the primary severe weather hazard but tornadoes will be possible on the leading edge of the line. The severe weather risk will end by midnight or earlier. → Read More

Tornado Watch in effect for Logan, Scott, & Johnson County

Severe thunderstorms are possible thru 8pm in parts of our area. → Read More

Flights Into XNA Diverted/Delayed Due To Dense Fog

HIGHFILL, Ark. (KFSM) — Visibility at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) has been reduced to 0.25 mile due to freezing fog. The low visibility has prompted at least one diversion to Fort Smith Regional Airport. A number of additional flights into XNA are reporting delays: United 4445, 4501, 5289 along with American 3365 & 4554. → Read More

Winter Weather Outlook

The 2019-2020 Winter Weather season is expected to be colder than the last few years. Unlike previous years, there's not a strong signal in the El Nino pattern to influence the jet stream strongly across the Northern Hemisphere. → Read More

UPDATE: Tracking Winter Weather

Pockets of rain, sleet, & snow will continue across our area with temperatures hovering near freezing. Bridges and overpasses will be slick in spots for the evening drive home. Wintry precipitation will stick to roads briefly when it comes down heaviest but will melt with time due to warm ground conditions. → Read More

Do Weather Changes Cause Joint Pain?

The weather changes fast around here; in just ten days this year, we went from an EF2 tornado to the first snow of the season. To know the forecast, some watch the weather. For others, they say they can feel it in their bones. → Read More

October Snow In Fayetteville For Only 7th Time Since 1949

Snow has been reported in Fayetteville at Fayetteville's Drake Field. According to the National Weather Service, this is only the 7th time since record keeping started in Fayetteville back in 1949 that it snowed in October. → Read More

NWS Releases Detailed Track of Benton County Tornado

The National Weather Service has released a detailed track of the two tornadoes that hit Benton County early on October 21st. The width of the second tornado was 1.5miles wide; the second widest in state history. → Read More

WATCH: Update On Freezing Cold; Snow Chances

Cold air continues to spill across Ozarks and into the River Valley. Most of the rainfall has ended with cloudy and drizzly conditions persisting into the evening. The colder air will continue into the overnight and the first part of the day on Thursday. → Read More

Update: Widespread Rain Tonight, Wednesday

A slow moving cold front continues to sag south across much of Arkansas and Oklahoma with light to moderate rain overrunning the cold air. This is leading to a wide region of persistent showers. The cold rain is expected to continue into the overnight and tomorrow with the heaviest showers during the night into Wednesday. → Read More

BREAKING: Benton County Tornado Upgraded to EF2

The National Weather Service has upgraded the tornado that struck Benton County to an EF2. This indicates winds up to 135mph. The higher concentrated wind speeds were estimated from damage that was located on Andria Circle near Siloam Springs. → Read More

Planning Around This Weekend’s Weather

Saturday: Best rain chances from 6am to Noon Saturday as a weak front arrives Rain totals light Highest chances in NW Arkansas Clear by afternoon Clouds continue in spots with afternoon highs from 66-72º (This image is Saturday at 9am) Sunday: Dense fog is possible early in the day with a warm front lifting north → Read More

Big Front Coming: Severe, Flood Risk, Wind Chills

The next front set to move thru the area on Thursday Night and Friday Morning will bring significant impacts across the entire region. Here's a look at some the data I'm seeing this afternoon... The best chance for severe weather will be Thursday night into the overnight hours. → Read More

UPDATE: Showers Still Causing Issues Late-Tuesday

This is a current look at radar and satellite. Showers and thunderstorms continue to make their way across Eastern Oklahoma and NW/West Central Arkansas. Flash flooding could once again become an issue on Tuesday evening; however, the rain will be of a lighter type then earlier Tuesday. → Read More

Rain & Heat Relief Arrives Late-Week

Hot weather is set to persist for about another 48-hours before larger change arrives into the area with rain becoming likely on Friday into the weekend. → Read More

All-Time August Rain Record Broken In Fort Smith

The rainfall in Fort Smith has broken an all-time record for the month of August. Counting the rainfall from late-Monday into Tuesday, Fort Smith is now past the record set back in 1890 of 10.89" Normal rainfall in the month of August is 2. → Read More

Tracking Severe Thunderstorms

This is a look at current radar with Severe Thunderstorms moving across our area. Frequent lightning and damaging wind will occur with the stronger storms. A limited tornado risk will continues as the storms move across the area. → Read More

Fort Smith Breaks Daily Rainfall Record, Again

For the second time this month, Fort Smith, Arkansas has broken another daily rainfall record. On Saturday, 4.04" of rain fell which breaks the previous daily rainfall total of 2.00" set back in 1989. Last week on Thursday, Fort Smith also broke a daily rain record with 3.74" beating the previous record set in 1911 of 2.65". → Read More

Severe Warning: Sebastian, LeFlore, Sequoyah

Tracking a Severe Thunderstorm near Pocola moving towards Fort Smith. The strongest winds are just south of Pocola. Expect wind damage risk in the Greater Fort Smith area. → Read More

Severe Warning: Washington, Madison County

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Washington and Madison County. The strongest winds are tracking just NE of Goshen. Very heavy rain will also be likely with this thunderstorm. → Read More