Flash flood watch issued for Northwest Arkansas through May 1

Northwest Arkansas is under a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning, according to a report from the National Weather Service.

The watch includes Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties, as well as portions of eastern Oklahoma.

A stalled front could produce repeated rounds of heavy rain leading to flash flooding, the report stated. The heaviest rain in Northwest Arkansas is expected late Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night.

Rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches, which could lead to flash flooding, especially near low-lying areas and smaller creeks and streams. A few main stem rivers could also rise to minor or moderate flood levels depending on which areas receive the heaviest rainfall.

The system could cause tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.