Tornado watch issued for much of central, southern Arkansas

Posted: February 24, 2018 at 12:11 p.m.

Expanded tornado watch area.

LITTLE ROCK -- A tornado watch has been issued for a large swath of Arkansas, including the Little Rock metropolitan area.

The watch continues through 6 p.m.

A tornado warning that had been in effect for part of western Arkansas was canceled Saturday morning. There were no immediate reports of a tornado touching down.

Thunderstorms are expected to roll through the state Saturday, dropping as much as 4 more inches of rain. Severe-weather warnings and flash flooding are expected.