TULSA – The National Weather Service says that as remnants of Tropical Storm Barry move across the South this weekend, that the heaviest rainfall associated with the storm should stay east of Arkansas.
“This system is forecast to lift north across Arkansas Monday into Tuesday. At this time, it appears the heavier rainfall will remain well east of the area,” Forecasters said. “However, low precipitation chances are still possible across far southeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas on Monday and Tuesday.”
Meteorologists say they actually expect that the tropical system could bring cooler temperatures to the area as it moves through.
“In the meantime, the relatively drier air will remain across the region through this weekend, resulting in overnight temperatures that are below normal, and afternoon high temperatures that are near or slightly below normal into early next week,” the Forecast Office said. “The heat is expected to begin to build across the region Tuesday and Wednesday, with above normal temperatures expected to return at that time.”
To our south, a Hurricane Warning has been issued for much of the Louisiana coast from areas west of New Orleans, to Lake Charles. Original thinking had indicated that the system might head directly for the Arkansas River Valley as it lost steam, however newer models have it shifting more towards the East.