Tuesday, May 18 Overnight Forecast

Weather

Stormy pattern continues across the region, at least for another day or so. Pattern shift will make for a nice preview of summer this weekend.

This evening has been wet south of the state line compliments of a big area of rain and thunderstorm activity. The leading edge of the storms brought a risk of severe weather into Western Arkansas but quickly weakened as it pushed east toward Little Rock. The northern end of the line has also gradually weakened with a lingering area of rain across Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri. This area of rain will continue to lift north but also will continue to fade away.

The rest of the night will remain mostly cloudy with a few additional spotty showers possible. The highest chances for any wet weather will continue to be focused west of Hwy. 65.

There should be a break in the wet weather Wednesday morning into the early afternoon with temperatures climbing into the 70s. Additional showers and thunderstorms will likely pop up during the afternoon. A more organized wave of showers and thunderstorms may spread in from the south by late afternoon. The best chance for rain will continue to be along and west of Hwy. 65.

A ridge of high pressure in the atmosphere will gradually build west into the region Thursday into Friday. This will dry out the pattern from east to west. Areas to the west of Hwy. 65 and north of the interstate will continue to be the favored location for shower and thunderstorm chances. Temperatures look will be climbing with highs near 80° on Thursday and in the low 80s Friday.

While a few strong thunderstorms are possible at times through at least Thursday evening, no widespread severe is expected. Locally heavy rainfall will be possible, mainly to the west and northwest. Any flooding risk should be localized.

The upper-level ridge will be close enough Saturday through Monday for the pattern to be mostly dry. It will be a taste of early summer weather with warm and humid weather through the weekend. Lows will be in the low to mid-60s with highs in the low to mid-80s.

The drier pattern will give way to higher rain chances again Tuesday into Wednesday .

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