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Threats of strong winds, hail across Arkansas, forecasters say

by Brianna Kwasnik | April 8, 2021 at 12:27 p.m.
This National Weather Service graphic shows portions of south Arkansas are expected to be at an enhanced risk for severe weather on Friday.

A cold front moving across Arkansas on Friday night is expected to bring the potential for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said a majority of the state will be at a slight risk for severe weather hazards, including hail up to the size of a golf ball, wind speeds up to 60 mph, and a “very low” chance for tornadoes. The southernmost part of the state, including El Dorado, will be at an enhanced risk, a weather service briefing shows.

Rain is also expected across much of the state Friday, with up to an inch and a half of rainfall predicted in the southeast half of Arkansas, forecasters said.

Localized flash flooding is a possibility in eastern and southeastern parts of the state, where soil moisture is high and rivers are still elevated as a result of recent rainfall, according to the briefing.

Forecasters predict rain statewide Friday, according to this National Weather Service graphic.
Forecasters predict rain statewide Friday, according to this National Weather Service graphic.
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