LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- 12:30 PM Update-We will be monitoring the development of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening across mainly central and eastern Arkansas. A few of these could become strong to severe.
As of this update, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for portions of far eastern and northeastern Arkansas until 6 PM due to an ongoing cluster moving through that area. The National Weather Service is monitoring additional thunderstorm development that is expected to occur outside of that area over Arkansas. If it appears thunderstorms could easily reach severe status, the watch may get expanded to the west and southwest.
These thunderstorms that are forecast to develop will be forming off of an outflow boundary that formed from thunderstorms that collapsed earlier this morning.
We are expecting severe weather to remain isolated but if any thunderstorm can reach severe status, damaging wind gusts would be the main concern.
Outside of the wind threat, any thunderstorm will be capable of producing lightning and heavy rainfall.
The Arkansas Storm Team will be watching this situation for you today and will keep you informed of any severe weather that threatens the state.