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Strong to severe thunderstorms possible Friday night into early Saturday morning

The greatest threat for severe thunderstorms should be across southwest and western Arkansas where a tornado watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Saturday. (Photo courtesy Brian Emfinger/KATV)

A storm system will finally pull out of the plains Friday night with the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms for much of the state. The greatest threat for severe thunderstorms should be across southwest and western Arkansas where a tornado watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Saturday.

At this time, it appears the main threat for northern areas will be hail and heavy rainfall. The main threat further south into the Arklatex region will be high winds, hail, and an isolated tornado or two.

There will be some areas of heavy rain, particularly in northwestern Arkansas where total rainfall could amount to 2 to 4 inches'. After a few morning showers Saturday, it will be mostly cloudy and windy. Look for highs only in the 60s. Sunday will be cool as well with highs only near 70 with mostly sunny skies.

Stay tuned to Channel 7 News, katv.com, and on social media for the latest information on any storms that develop. Be sure to follow KATV News on Twitter for instant watches and warnings.

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