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Recent articles by Garrett:

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

Heatwave Breaks; Widespread Storms Thursday & Friday

[Above: Most recent radar image] The high pressure ridge which has been anchored over the area giving us hotter-than-normal temperatures and heat indices will gradually shift out of the area allowing for a weak front to approach from the north. → Read More

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