Tornado Watch issued for Benton County
A tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather service and Storm Prediction Center. It is valid until 8 pm.
Strengthening mid-to high-level flow fields this afternoon will promote storm organization with a favored tendency for supercells with updrafts not located within a cold pool-forced ascent regime (i.e., squall line).
As such, strong low-level shear will potentially favor strong low-level mesocyclone rotation with the more robust/discrete updrafts. A couple of tornadoes, in addition to damaging winds, are the primary hazards.