Harvey's Rain Avoids Our Area

by Abel Hampton September 1, 2017, 2:17
Harvey's Rain Avoids Our Area

Minor. No flooding is expected and winds will remain light.

Our latest data shows the rain moving out quickly early Saturday, which should set the stage for fair weather over the remainder of the holiday weekend, with afternoon readings well into the 80s and overnight lows in the 60s. In fact, conditions look fine through all of Monday until rain chances return ahead of a cold front on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will eventually warm up to the low 70s.

The highest risk of flooding rains will generally be closer to Southwest Louisiana, the Lake Charles area and northward, and then northeastward, perhaps into Central and Northern Louisiana later Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will develop after daybreak, and these could drop some heavy rainfall in spots, especially where multiple cells train over one area. More widespread rain and thunderstorms will enter the forecast on Wednesday. Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour could be seen for portions of central into eastern and northeastern areas through this afternoon.

This summer has been wetter than average, according to rainfall amounts reported by volunteer observers through the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network.

Heather Cross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's North Little Rock office, said the potential impact on the Razorback game will be marginal as rain tapers off throughout the morning and afternoon Thursday. Forecast models still diverge on where the remnants of Harvey will finally end up, but it is likely the low pressure area will move into Arkansas by Friday.

Saturday will see a cool start, with morning lows in the 50s in the city.

Forecasters are also keeping track on Hurricane Irma, which is making its way along the Atlantic. Stay updated with our WBRC First Alert weather app.

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