Fort Smith, AR

12:54 AM CDT on April 29, 2017 (GMT -0500)
Fort Smith Regional | | Change Station
Active Advisory: Flood Warning, Flash Flood Watch Active Notice: Flash Flood Watch

Elev 466 ft 35.34 °N, 94.37 °W | Updated 1 hour ago

Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
70 °F
Feels Like 70 °F
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Wind Variable Wind from East

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Yesterday
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Precip. -- in
Pressure 29.66 in
Visibility 5.0 miles
Clouds Few 3800 ft
Dew Point 66 °F
Humidity 87%
Rainfall 0.28 in
Snow Depth Not available.
6:27 AM 8:02 PM
Waxing Crescent, 11% visible
METAR KFSM 290453Z AUTO 08004KT 5SM BR FEW038 21/19 A2967 RMK AO2 PK WND 22029/0410 LTG DSNT NW-NE RAE18 TSE37 SLP044 P0016 T02110189
Pressure 29.66 in
Visibility 5.0 miles
Clouds Few 3800 ft
Dew Point 66 °F
Humidity 87%
Rainfall 0.28 in
Snow Depth Not available.
6:27 AM 8:02 PM
Waxing Crescent, 11% visible
METAR KFSM 290453Z AUTO 08004KT 5SM BR FEW038 21/19 A2967 RMK AO2 PK WND 22029/0410 LTG DSNT NW-NE RAE18 TSE37 SLP044 P0016 T02110189

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Watches & Warnings

Flood Warning
Issued: 9:29 PM CDT Apr. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service

The Flood Warning continues for
the Arkansas River at Van Buren.
* From Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon, or until the warning
is cancelled.
* At 9:00 PM Friday, the stage was 20.71 feet.
* Flood stage is 22.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast... the Arkansas River at Van Buren is expected to rise
above flood stage Saturday afternoon and continue to rise to near
25.0 feet by Sunday morning. The river is expected to fall below
flood stage late Monday morning. This forecast is based
on a heavy rain forecast for the next 48 hours. Crest height and
timing may change as this event unfolds. Continue to closely monitor
updates to this warning.
* Impact... at 25.0 feet, extensive agricultural lowland flooding
occurs along the shoreline from Van Buren downstream to Lavaca.
Some rural roads near Lavaca are impassable. Much of Kelley Park
northwest of downtown Fort Smith is flooded.


Lat... Lon 3549 9439 3539 9422 3531 9422 3531 9454 3540 9454




Flash Flood Watch
Issued: 3:36 PM CDT Apr. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from 7 PM CDT this evening
through Sunday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Arkansas and Oklahoma... including the following
counties... in Arkansas... Benton... Carroll... Crawford...
Franklin... Madison... Sebastian and Washington AR. In
Oklahoma... Adair... Cherokee... Choctaw... Craig... creek...
Delaware... Haskell... Latimer... Le Flore... Mayes... McIntosh...
Muskogee... Okfuskee... Okmulgee... Ottawa... Pittsburg...
Pushmataha... Rogers... Sequoyah... Tulsa and Wagoner.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Sunday morning

* a potent upper level storm system will move into the area
Friday with strong to severe thunderstorms developing by early
evening across portions of eastern Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas. Thunderstorms will continue Friday night through
Saturday evening with locally heavy rainfall as a frontal
boundary slowly pushes southeast. 4 to 6 inches of rainfall
are expected across southeast Oklahoma into northwest
Arkansas with locally higher amounts approaching 8 to 10
inches.

* The heavy rainfall will likely lead to widespread and
potentially life threatening flash flooding. Several rivers
will likely go into moderate to major flood including the
Illinois River and Lee Creek at Van Buren. Beaver Lake Dam in
northwest Arkansas could begin to release water which would
impact areas downstream.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If you are in the watch area, keep informed, and be ready for
quick action if flash flooding is observed or if a warning is
issued. Persons living in low lying areas along main-Stem rivers
should monitor the latest forecast and be ready to evacuate to
higher ground.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the Road
to unknown depths. Take a different Route to reach your
destination or wait until the water recedes. Remember, most flood
related deaths occur in automobiles and flooding is the leading
cause of weather related deaths.

A Flash Flood Watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is
possible within the watch area.