Current Watches and Warnings
Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 2:02 PM CST on March 02, 2015
Expires 7:00 AM EST on March 05, 2015
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Wednesday evening
through late Wednesday night...
A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Wednesday evening
through late Wednesday night.
* Event... sleet and snow will spread across the state from north
to south on Wednesday. Wintry precipitation will initially start
as freezing rain and sleet before transitioning to snow.
Freezing precipitation will be around a tenth of an inch to a
few tenths of an inch... with isolated higher amounts. Snow
amounts will be from 1 to 3 inches with isolated higher amounts.
* Areas affected... locations south of a line from Glenwood... to
* Timing... a brief period of sleet will begin by Wednesday
evening and quickly transition to snow before midnight... with
snow continuing through late Wednesday night or early Thursday
* Impacts... accumulating snow will likely cause travel issues on
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:00 PM CST on March 02, 2015
... Todays topic for severe weather awareness week is
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed the week of
March 1st through 7th as severe weather awareness week
A different topic will be discussed each day... and todays topic
At any given moment around the world... approximately 1800
thunderstorms are occurring. Although thunderstorms are relatively
small... when considered on a global scale of weather... all
thunderstorms are dangerous. Lightning... flash floods... hail...
straight-line winds... and tornadoes all result from thunderstorms.
A thunderstorm is considered severe when it produces winds of at
least 58 mph... or hail at least 1 inch in diameter /the size of a
Straight-line winds produced by thunderstorms caused four deaths
across the state last year. Altogether... there were 18 instances
of thunderstorm gusts of at least 80 mph locally in 2014.
The strongest thunderstorm winds were reported on October 13th.
On that day... 90 to 95 mph gusts occurred near rocky and Hatfield.
Large hail... on average... causes over one billion dollars in
damage /property and crops/ in the United States each year. Some
injuries due to large hail occur in this country each year... but
deaths from hail are relatively rare. Animals fare far worse than
The largest hailstones reported in Arkansas during 2014 occured
on April 3rd. On that day... three inch diameter hail was reported
near Landis in Searcy County... with two and a half inch diameter
hail around Big Flat and Henderson... which are both in Baxter
County... and Wideman in Izard County.
Lightning is a hazard in all thunderstorms... whether they are
severe or not. Whenever thunder is heard... there is lightning
nearby. Lightning is deadly... with 2 arkansans killed and
10 injured in 2014.
Flash floods are another thunderstorm hazard. Vehicles driven
into flooded areas result in the greatest number of flash flood
deaths. Fortunately... there were no flash flood fatalities in
Arkansas last year.
Occasionally... thunderstorms spawn tornadoes. Most of these
are produced in the Spring and fall during the afternoon and
evening. There are 33 tornadoes in a typical year. There were
20 tornadoes locally in 2014... and these resulted in
Across the country... the top three deadliest thunderstorm
hazards in the last 30 years years were flash floods...
tornadoes and lightning /in that order/.
... Some thunderstorm safety rules...
Know the difference between a watch and a warning. The National
Weather Service issues watches when conditions are favorable for
the development of severe weather. Warnings are reserved for
cases where severe weather is imminent or occurring.
Make sure that you have a source to receive the latest
information... such as NOAA Weather Radio all hazards...
commercial radio... TV stations or cable TV. Other sources of
warning information can include telephone notification services
to which people subscribe... pagers and cell phones.
Remember... if you can hear thunder... you are in danger from
lightning. Go indoors immediately. If you are in the water...
get out immediately. Boaters should head inland.
Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity.
Do not use electrical appliances during a thunderstorm.
Do not use corded phones... except in emergencies.
Stay out of the bathtub or shower.
Get off The Golf Course. Stay away from metal fences and
Notes for the news media...
there will not be a formal tornado drill this year conducted
by the National Weather Service in Little Rock. Even so...
people are encouraged to practice going to a place of safety
when the NOAA Weather Radio alarm is sounded during the routine
weekly test. This test is on Wednesday between 11 am and noon.
In the event of threatening weather on Wednesday... the test
is postponed until the next good weather day.
For a list of all the tornadoes and other significant weather
events that occurred in 2014...
- Alabama - Flood Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Alaska - Freezing Rain Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Arkansas - Flood Warning , Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Colorado - Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Blizzard Warning
- Connecticut - Winter Weather Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Delaware - Public Information Statement
- Florida - Flood Warning
- Georgia - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
- Hawaii - High Surf Advisory
- Idaho - Winter Weather Advisory
- Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Iowa - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Kansas - Public Information Statement
- Louisiana - Flood Warning , Special Statement , Record Report
- Maine - Wind Chill Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Maryland - Areal Flood Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Massachusetts - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Michigan - Winter Weather Advisory
- Mississippi - Flood Warning , Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Missouri - Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Nebraska - Flood Warning , Winter Weather Advisory
- Nevada - Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- New Hampshire - Public Information Statement
- New Jersey - Record Report , Public Information Statement
- New Mexico - Wind Advisory , Winter Storm Watch , Winter Storm Warning
- New York - Winter Weather Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- North Dakota - Wind Advisory , Special Statement
- Ohio - Areal Flood Watch , Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Freezing Rain Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Oregon - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Rhode Island - Public Information Statement
- South Carolina - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
- South Dakota - Winter Weather Advisory , Blizzard Warning , Winter Storm Warning , Blizzard Watch
- Tennessee - Flood Warning , Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Texas - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
- Vermont - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Virginia - Areal Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Washington - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Wisconsin - Winter Weather Advisory