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Sabrina Bates


Fort Smith, AR, United States

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Science With Sabrina: How Ice Melts Faster

With the potential of winter weather, snow or ice could glaze our sidewalks and roads. There is one way to reduce the slickness of the ice: that's to add some salt! Meteorologist Sabrina Bates answers the question, "why does ice melt faster with salt?" on this week's Science With Sabrina. → Read More

Winter Storm Watch Extended Into Arkansas

The winter storm watch that was originally in Oklahoma has been extended further east. This means Northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma are now including in the watch. This includes Benton, Carroll, Madison, Washington, and Sequoyah counties. → Read More

Science With Sabrina: How Snowflakes Are Different

During the winter, sometimes we'll associate cold with snow. But, have you looked closely at a snowflake before? Meteorologist Sabrina Bates answers the question "why are no two snowflakes alike?" on this week's Science With Sabrina. → Read More

Winter Weather Advisory Expanded

A winter weather advisory has been expanded to include all of our viewing area. This includes Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. It begins at midnight and continues until 3PM on Wednesday. Mixed precipitation (snow, sleet, freezing drizzle, and rain) is possible. → Read More

Logan County Family Reunited With Dog After Their Home Was Destroyed During Tornado

LOGAN COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — One family has been reunited with their dog after an EF2 tornado hit their home. Ona and Bruce Dunlap's dog, Dasha, is terrified of storms. The Dunlap family was able to make it to their storm shelter just before the tornado hit, but Dasha didn't follow. → Read More

Does The Weather Affect Our Mood?

Temperatures become frigid, sunset is near 5 p.m. and the skies look grey. It's one thing to feel down about the season change. But, winter weather can bring on the winter blues. It's more than just being in a "funk. → Read More

Science With Sabrina: Car Tires In Winter

You can expect frigid mornings as we head into winter. If it gets cold enough, we can also expect the "low tire pressure" light to turn on in our vehicles. It's common knowledge that this happens. On this week's Science With Sabrina, Meteorologist Sabrina Bates explains why. → Read More

Science With Sabrina: Why Leaves Change Color

There is no doubt we are feeling the cooler, fall weather this week. One of the best things that comes with the changing season is the colorful fall leaves! Meteorologist Sabrina Bates breaks down why this happens in this week's Science With Sabrina. → Read More

Science With Sabrina: Local Caves In Arkansas

How does a constant temperature year-round sound? You can find that inside our caves in Arkansas! Meteorologist Sabrina Bates teaches us a local geography lesson in this week's Science With Sabrina. We know that the Ozark Mountains run through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. → Read More

Science With Sabrina: Coding Robots With Van Buren Schools

It's amazing what kids can do these days. One local school is teaching their students how to code in order to prepare them for the future. In this week's Science With Sabrina, Meteorologist Sabrina Bates checks out how Central Elementary in Van Buren is expanding their kids' minds. → Read More

Science With Sabrina: Water Pollution With Springdale Schools

We love to visit our local creeks and rivers. However, you may not think about the water quality of them. In this week's Science With Sabrina, Meteorologist Sabrina Bates goes on a field trip with the Springdale School District to see how they're checking on water pollution. → Read More

Excessive Heat Warnings For Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings for parts of the River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma. This includes Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian, Sequoyah, and Le Flore counties. Heat indexes as of 3PM on Saturday were already above excessive heat criteria. → Read More

WATCH: Rain From Barry Moves In Today

We're continuing to track Barry this morning as it churns over land. It'll move into Arkansas and we will have the impact from the storm. Here's the forecast track of Barry as of Sunday morning. The track has the storm moving through Arkansas on Monday as a tropical depression. → Read More

Barry To Track Across Arkansas, Adding To History Of Tropical Systems Impacting The State

The tropical system in the Gulf has been a trending topic in weather the past few days. That's because of Barry, a tropical cyclone that originated over the southeast U.S. and strengthened over the Gulf of Mexico. → Read More

Adventure Arkansas: Taylor’s Orchard

It's the perfect weather for refreshing fruit, especially right off the branch. A local U-Pick farm in Gentry has ripe peaches and blackberries this season. Take a look at how Taylor's Orchard is a great place to take the family. For more information on Taylor's Orchard: Click HERE. → Read More

New Details on Saturday’s Tornadoes

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Tulsa has released new information regarding Saturday's tornadoes that rolled through Sebastian and Crawford counties. The survey team determined the length, width, and duration of each EF-1 tornado path. Fort Smith Tornado: EF-1 Path length - 5. → Read More

Today’s Weather Is Making Your Allergies Worse

With everything blooming and green on the trees, allergies are in full swing in Arkansas. But, the current weather conditions are actually making these allergies worse. Tree pollen is high today, and will be for the rest of the week. Ragweed pollen is also becoming more bothersome. → Read More

Adventure Arkansas: Urban Forest Axe House

Break out the flannel and grab the boots, because for this week’s Adventure Arkansas we’re throwing it back to before technology. Axe throwing has been around for thousands of years. Today it’s a new, different, and popular sport. → Read More

Adventure Arkansas: Mushroom Foraging

She just uncovered a wild mushroom. We actually found an abundance of fungi on this week’s Adventure Arkansas. We joined a master mycologist on a fall foray to learn what kinds of mushrooms grow in Arkansas and which ones we can pick for ourselves. → Read More

Fall Foliage Report On Highway 59

We hit the road for the second week to show you the changing colors along one of the nearby scenic drives. For this week’s fall foliage report, we drove along Highway 59 through the Ozark National Forest. → Read More