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The National Weather Service of Shreveport predicts a moderate risk of a severe weather outbreak Saturday for much of southwest Arkansas.

"A moderate or enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms covers much of our region on Saturday," the service said.

Strong to severe storms will likely begin to develop during the morning hours, but the timing of greatest risk is expected during the hours of afternoon peak heating and possibly extending into the early evening hours. There will likely be multiple rounds of storms throughout much of Saturday into Saturday night. Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will be the primary threats. Locally, heavy rainfall may also lead to isolated flash flooding.

On Saturday, 2-4 inches of rain will be possible. All severe hazards will be possible, Including tornadoes, large hail and straight line winds. Locally heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms will translate east during the day on Sunday toward the east coast where temperatures will remain a little above average.

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