The peak of severe weather season is here

South winds remain with us - but the gusts won't be almost as high as they were yesterday.

Winds will be powerful out of the north at around 20 to 25 miles per hour. For some context, our average high temperature this time of the year is at 69° - we'll be about 5° above that benchmark today. A warning means an event is occurring, immediate, or likely.

When warnings are issued for your area, you should take shelter in your safe place until the storm passes.

Isolated severe thunderstorms with damaging wind are also expected across IL during the day and across the lower Mississippi Valley overnight. Across our area, severe weather will be more isolated in nature versus widespread.

Updated 11 p.m. Tuesday: The Public Service Company of Oklahoma's online outage map shows 567 customer outages in Tulsa as a severe storm moves through.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday look dry and pleasant, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s; colder pockets should be in the 40s early Tuesday morning.

"Basically Friday through Sunday, with some potential there for some heavy rain, as well as the possibility of some embedded severe thunderstorms". The tornado threat is low but is still something we will be keep a close eye on.

At the end of the day, Northwest Arkansas should log up to 3 inches of rainfall, while much of eastern Arkansas will get around 1 inch, Clarke said. While it's entirely possible we get through these storms with just a lot of rain & lightning, we don't want you to be caught off guard. Chance of rain 50%. "A tornado or two is also possible.", the center said.

  • Larry Hoffman