Thursday, June 10
3:08 p.m. — The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Flash Flood Warning for southwestern Jefferson County and northwestern Lincoln County until 6:35 p.m.
At 3:08 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.
Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Pine Bluff, White Hall, Cottondale, Linwood, Warbritton, Whitefield, Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ladd, Glenlake, Pinebergen, Tarry, Moscow, Watson Chapel and Yorktown.
2:30 p.m. — A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. for Chicot and eastern Ashley counties.
At 2:28 p.m., emergency management reported thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 3 and 7 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is already occurring.
Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding.
Emergency management reported several roads flooded in Chicot County, with some businesses flooded in Dermott and Eudora.
Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.
Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Lake Village, Dermott, Eudora, Wilmot, Portland, Montrose, Parkdale, Chicot Junction, McMillan Corner and Snyder.
12:28 p.m. — The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Flash Flood Warning for southwestern Desha County, eastern Drew County and southwestern Lincoln County until 6:25 p.m. At 12:28 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 2 and 4 inches of rain have fallen. Per local emergency management officials, flash flooding continues and ongoing heavy rainfall may produce significant flash flooding.
Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Dumas, Star City, Arkansas City, Mitchellville, Tillar, Winchester, Omega, Mills, McGehee, Cane Creek State Park, Nebo, Feenyville, Reed, Jerome, Baxter, Selma, Florence, Gourd, Yukon and Pickens.
11:35 a.m. — The Flood Warning is extended for the Saline River near Rye affecting Bradley, Ashley, Drew and Cleveland counties. The Flood Warning is now in effect until early Monday afternoon.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
3:31 a.m. — Showers and thunderstorms will continue across northern Arkansas this morning before spreading south and east into central and southern Arkansas this afternoon. A few storms may become strong to severe, mainly this afternoon, with gusty winds the primary hazard.
Given excessive rainfall over the last 48 to 72 hours and an extremely saturated soil surface, it will not take much runoff from heavy rainfall to quickly cause flash flooding. Where rainfall accumulations are the greatest, flash flooding may be considerable to significant in nature at times. Please be sure to heed local emergency management guidance on road closures due to high water, and avoid flooded areas if possible.
Showers and thunderstorms will remain possible on Friday but much more scattered in nature than what has been seen of late and mainly over the eastern half of the state. Some of the storms could still produce locally heavy rain and some gusty winds.
A weather pattern more typical of summer will develop over the region late this week and into the weekend as a large upper level ridge of high pressure builds over the nations mid section. Hot and humid conditions will return with chances of afternoon through early evening showers and thunderstorms. An occasional strong storm can not be discounted but organized severe weather is not likely.
Highs are expected to top out in the upper 80s to mid 90s through Monday before some slightly cooler air moves in. With the soil being saturated and lots of standing water likely, very muggy conditions are expected as well. Heat index values will approach the century mark across parts of the state this weekend.