National Weather Service, North Little Rock, is predicting the onset of "a strong storm system" as a cold front moves through the state today. In advance of the cold front there is a "threat of strong to severe thunderstorms," per the service.
Heavy rain followed by freezing temps into Monday is forecast.
The storms are predicted to begin this afternoon and early evening for the county, with heavy rain continuing into the night.
From the service: "Confidence is becoming high for the threat of severe thunderstorms today and tonight, especially this afternoon, evening and into the overnight hours. Large hail (possibly up to baseball size), damaging winds of 60-70 MPH or higher, and a few tornadoes will be possible. This includes the threat of a few strong tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center has placed an area around 50-60 miles either side of the I-30 and Highway 67 corridor from southwest into central Arkansas under a Moderate Risk of Severe Thunderstorms. Surrounding this area, an Enhanced Risk remains, which encompasses the remainder of the state."
Per the supplied forecast map, Van Buren County, to the south, is in a "moderate" risk area.
The forecast continues: "Heavy rainfall is a concern, particularly over southeast Arkansas. Stronger storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall of one inch or more in an hour."
Van Buren County is one of the few in the state with no "river concern," indicating flooding potential, in the forecast. (This could, however, change, and caution remains advised.)
Typically, unstable air, such as which is producing this system, is in advance of a cold front. Temprature drop occurs after frontal passage. The county temps are expected to drop down to 32 degrees by Monday morning.
Forecasts will continue to be updated.
All are encouraged to keep an eye on the weather, and do so via multiple means. Code Red warning is available at no cost to county residents.