Delta could bring drenching rains, gusty winds to Northeast Arkansas

“The bulk of our heavy rain arrives Saturday.”

Bryan's Friday Morning Forecast 10/9

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Region 8 StormTEAM is keeping a close watch on Hurricane Delta and where the storm is headed next.

“We’re getting more confident that Region 8 will get 1-2 inches of rainfall and wind gusts to 35 miles per hour this weekend,” said Meteorologist Bryan McCormick. “The bulk of our heavy rain arrives Saturday with models agreeing on 2-3 inches east of Highway 67.”

Forecasters said Delta would likely crash ashore Friday evening somewhere on southwest Louisiana’s coast.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, the Category 3 hurricane was less than 200 miles from the Louisiana coastline.

Once it comes ashore on the coast, it will be just a matter of time before the remnants churn their way north toward Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

The National Weather Service in Memphis said Delta’s remnants should begin to affect portions of the Mid-South, including Northeast Arkansas, early Friday night and all day Saturday and into early Sunday morning.

Wind gusts to 35 miles per hour will be located mainly south and west of Memphis Saturday morning through midday. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms over north Mississippi with the potential for a few brief tornadoes Saturday, mainly over north-central and northeast Mississippi, according to the NWS.

Region 8 Meteorologist Bryan McCormick says while the tornado threat is confined to Mississippi if the center of Delta tracks further west we could see a spin-up tornado in our area.

McCormick says we could see the following over the weekend:

  • Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers. Gusts: 20mph
  • Friday night: Cloudy with scattered rain moving in overnight. Gusts: 25mph
  • Saturday: Cloudy with heavy rain. An isolated tornado possible. Gusts: 35mph
  • Saturday night: Cloudy with periods of tropical downpours. An isolated tornado possible. Gusts: 25mph
  • Sunday: remnants of Delta may be gone. A few showers may linger but it’s unclear at this point. Gusts: 20mph

The Region 8 News StormTEAM will monitor this system and will provide live updates.

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