Monday is starting off with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the mid 50's to mid 60's across the state. Sunshine and warm temps will be the rule for the first few days this week with afternoon temps in the mid to upper 80's (a few locations near 90) and overnight lows in the 50's and 60's.
Rain chances will sneak into the picture starting late Wednesday in NW AR and statewide Thursday/Thursday night as a strong cold front moves through the state. With increasing moisture ahead of the front and warm temps in place, we could see some strong or severe storms with the frontal passage. Timing of the front will determine any severe threat and as of this morning it looks like it would be a Thursday night passage for most of the state which should limit the threat some, but still need to watch it. It appears a squall line will develop ahead of the front so the primary threat looks to be some damaging wind/hail with a few of the stronger storms. I'll watch it for any changes.
Behind the front, very nice air will move into the state knocking our high temps down into the 40's in the NW to 50's elsewhere with highs Friday and Saturday in the 70's before some 80's return on Sunday.
Friday night high school football weather this week looks great and Saturday morning for Race for the Cure in Little Rock looks fantastic for runners/walkers with a race start temp in the mid 50's and afternoon highs in the 70's under sunny skies.
No organized severe weather is expected over AR today. A few strong to severe storms will be possible Thursday/Thursday night in AR as a cold front moves through.
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