The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a
Flood Watch for portions Of Arkansas And Oklahoma. In Oklahoma: Adair, Cherokee, Choctaw, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Mcintosh, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, And Sequoyah from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday evening.
A large upper level storm system currently along the west coast will slowly track east over the next few days. Organized shower and thunderstorms are expected to develop by Monday afternoon as the lift associated with the upper Low interacts with a moist and unstable environment.
The combination of abundant moisture and the slow moving system will lead to several rounds of heavy rainfall Monday and continuing into Tuesday evening.
Three to five inch totals are anticipated within the watch area with local amounts approaching 10 inches possible across Southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas.
Moderate to major river flooding will likely occur should these rain amounts be realized.
As of 7 a.m. Sunday morning, the Neosho River at Commerce Stepp Ford was 3.73 ft. The river level will be monitored as this rain event occurs, said Glenda Longan, Emergency Management Director.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.