The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of northern and western Arkansas including the following counties, in central Arkansas, Conway, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, White, and Yell. In eastern Arkansas, Lawrence and Randolph. In north central Arkansas, Baxter, Boone, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren. In southwest Arkansas, Clark, Dallas, Hot Spring, Ouachita, and Pike. In western Arkansas, Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Polk, and Scott.

* From Friday afternoon through late Friday night

* Thunderstorms will become widespread as a storm system arrives from the southern Plains. Initially, storms may sit for several hours in far western Arkansas before finally heading to the east. Torrential downpours will noted with the storms. The forecast calls for two to more than three inches of rain in the watch area.

* Since vegetation is dormant, and not consuming much ground water, runoff from heavy rain will be increased. This elevates the concern for flash flooding. Also, rapid rises may occur on creeks, small streams, and flashy rivers.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS  A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Issuing Office: Little Rock

Source: National Weather Service

Issued: Thu, Jan 9, 4:30 AM CST