TULSA – The National Weather Service is advising that much of the region could see severe weather and the potential for tornadoes on Tuesday afternoon.

“Although thunderstorms will remain possible today and tonight, Tuesday afternoon and evening will feature best chance of severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.” the Weather Service said on Monday. “Damaging winds to 70 mph will be the most likely severe weather threat, but there will also be a nonzero potential for tornadoes and large hail to the size of quarters.”

In addition to the threat of severe weather, the Weather Service says an equal threat is that there will be a lot of rain coming very quickly.

“Heavy rainfall and flooding will also be a concern, with widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches expected,” Meteorologists said. “Thunderstorm potential may linger into Wednesday morning across parts of western Arkansas.”

Severe storms have already been firing in Oklahoma over the weekend. National Weather Service officials head to the Osage County community of Fairfax today to survey damage from a possible tornado that may have touched down late Sunday night.

Earlier in the day, a funnel cloud was spotted east of Tahlequah, prompting meteorologists to issue a tornado warning for Cherokee and Adair Counties around 2:00 PM.

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