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Weather Service: Severe thunderstorms possible tonight

There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across much of the state tonight and Thursday morning as a cold front moves across Arkansas, according to the National Weather Service.

“The main concern with this front will be damaging winds as a line of thunderstorms is expected to develop this evening,” the NWS stated in its 3 p.m. update on the forecast. “If any storm were to become severe, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph would be the primary concern.”

The front is expected to move east of the state at about daybreak Thursday, when precipitation is expected to slowly come to an end. Cold air moving in behind the front could allow for a brief wintry mix in the higher elevations of the northwest part of the state.

Strong gusty winds will continue into the day Thursday and begin to diminish in the afternoon hours, according to the NWS forecast. West and northwest winds of 25-35 mph are expected, along with gusts as high as 40-45 mph.

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