A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for much of Arkansas until Thursday morning. The risk of LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING will develop by dawn Wednesday and continue into Wednesday night. Additionally, the Weather Prediction Central as outlooked a MODERATE to HIGH risk of EXCESSIVE RAINFALL late tonight through WEDNESDAY.
Recent rains and additional rainfall that will continue through today and into the evening will aggravate the flooding issue in the state. A stationary upper-level pattern acting as a track bringing disturbances through the state along with a steady flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is the cause of the multiple rounds of rainfall that we’ve had since this weekend.
With saturated to nearly saturated soil in much of the state, especially in west-central Arkansas to the Arkansas River Valley and the northern and central Ouachitas, any additional rain can produce nearly instant flash flooding.
Rainfall through Friday could easily excess 3-5″ in some areas with isolated totals in excess of 6″ possible.
When heavy rain starts, a Flash Flood Warning may follow almost immediately in some areas. HEED THAT WARNING. There will likely be road closures due to flooding. OBEY THOSE CLOSURES and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES. Remember, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.