TULSA – The National Weather Service says that Fort Smith and Western Arkansas are in an area of enhanced risk for severe weather Saturday, that could include large hail and destructive tornadoes.

“Saturday continues to look favorable for more than one round of severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and flooding in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas,” the Tulsa Forecast Office said on Friday morning. “There are still uncertainties in how things will evolve, but some potential for high end severe weather does exist. Keep track of the latest forecasts, as some of the details could change as the things become more clear.”

One thing the meteorologists are taking note of is that with already saturated grounds, the potential for rising waters is greater than ever.

“The heavy rain and flooding threat will also be high, especially given the antecedent conditions,” Forecasters said. “Flash flooding and rises on mainstem area rivers both look likely. The thunderstorm potential will exit the region by Sunday morning.”

After a dry Sunday, severe thunderstorm and flooding potential will increase once again Monday and into Tuesday as another strong storm system moves through the area. Multiple episodes of severe weather will again be possible during this time frame, with very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes all possible. Low thunderstorm chances will linger across portions of the area Wednesday and Thursday.

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