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National Weather Service issues flood warning for Ouachita River

by Bradly Gill | January 30, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.

Though Camden and Ouachita County won't see much of the winter weather hitting the state this week, the area will be under a flood warning for most of the week.

Chances of showers will continue, especially over the southeast half of Arkansas. While there may be a few rumbles of thunder, severe weather is not expected. Cooler air will start building into the area from the northwest behind a cold front crossing the state. By late tonight, there may be a brief period of freezing rain or freezing drizzle toward the Missouri border.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday

The aforementioned front will eventually stall along the Gulf Coast. Moisture will be pulled northward into colder conditions across the region by a storm system approaching from the southwest United States. This may result in at least a couple of rounds of light freezing rain or sleet in northern and central Arkansas Monday night through early Wednesday. Very light snow is also possible in the far north.

Where ice occurs, the latest forecast has maximum accruals less than a quarter inch. Even so, any glazing on roadways would impact travel, and Winter Weather Advisories will likely be required.

Continue to monitor forecast information that addresses placement and amounts of ice as well as potential impacts.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Ouachita and Calhoun County from late Monday night to Saturday morning.

Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas.

Caution is urged when walking near riverbanks.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

River forecasts are based on current conditions and rainfall forecasted to occur over the next 24 hours. During periods of flooding.Evening forecasts are reissued with updated rainfal forecasts.

At 9:30 AM CST Sunday the stage was 22.4 feet.

- Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage by early Tuesday morning (Jan 31) to a crest of 29.0 feet by Wednesday morning (Feb 1). It will then begin to slowly fall.

- Flood stage is 26.0 feet.

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