Severe weather possible Sunday into Monday


SEVERE WEATHER — Tornadoes, large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds are possible Sunday and Sunday night, the National Weather Service is warning. For details and the latest updates: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/

Here is the full text of the weather service’s special weather statement as of 9 p.m. Saturday:

…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED IN ARKANSAS SUNDAY AND INTO MONDAY…

A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM OUT IN THE PLAINS WILL AFFECT ARKANSAS BEGINNING SUNDAY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP AND OVERSPREAD THE STATE DURING THE MORNING. BY THE AFTERNOON…STORMS WILL BE WIDESPREAD…AND THESE WILL CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.

SOME STORMS WILL BE SEVERE…ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. ANY SEVERE STORMS WILL HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL IN EXCESS OF TWO INCHES IN DIAMETER. THERE IS A HIGH AMOUNT OF WIND ENERGY PRESENT IN ALL LAYERS OF THE ATMOSPHERE…SO DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH WILL BE A THREAT WITH ANY SEVERE STORMS AS WELL. ALSO…WINDS WILL BE TURNING AND INCREASING WITH HEIGHT…WHICH WILL SUPPORT A TORNADO THREAT. THE HIGHEST LIKELIHOOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF LOW LEVEL MOISTURE PRESENT…STRONGER STORMS WILL HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL. THE TENDENCY OF STORMS TO FORM AND MOVE OVER THE SAME AREAS WILL ONLY INCREASE THIS THREAT. THROUGH MONDAY…MUCH OF THE STATE IS EXPECTED TO SEE ONE TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL IS EXPECTED ALONG AND EAST OF THE INTERSTATE 30 AND U. S. HIGHWAY 67 CORRIDOR…WHERE AMOUNTS OVER THREE INCHES ARE LIKELY. RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVIEST SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.

NOW IS THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY RULES. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND OUTLOOKS FROM YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PLAN AND ARE PREPARED WHEN A WATCH OR WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA.