The threat of severe weather has steadily increased over the last 24 hours for our region. Last night I began noticing a concerning trend in the data which pointed toward significant hail. As of this afternoon, that trend seems to remain the same. My disclaimer (as always) with this system is NOT everyone will see large hail tonight.
However, the point of this article is to warn those of you who may see damaging hail. Just take a moment and go through a few precautions in case you do.
First and foremost, there is an enhanced risk of severe weather for all of the Resident News Network coverage area. This is a level 3 of 5 risk region.
By 7-8 PM tonight, strong to severe thunderstorms should be entering western Arkansas. This is when we will begin to notice our peak on the severe weather activity. While there is a tornado threat, I suspect damaging winds and very large hail to be the biggest concern.
Everyone in our area will be under the gun for large hail tonight, but as I stated earlier, not everyone will see it. In fact, I’m confident in saying that the highest threat of severe weather is well to our south in southwest Arkansas. However, we can never be too careful and always prepare.
By midnight, storms should be well clear of the region and everyone can sleep easy! Remember I will have constant updates on Facebook/Twitter tonight. Please follow me there too if you have any concerns or questions.