Weather Almanac


March in Arkansas often means severe weather as winter turns to spring. Here are some historic weather events in Arkansas for March from the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • March 1, 1833: The low temperature in Little Rock was 11 degrees, and 4 inches of snow fell on the capital city.
  • March 2, 1960: A major ice storm hit central and southern Arkansas, coating trees and power lines with up to 2 inches of ice.
  • March 3, 1943: The low temperature hit near zero in the northern half of the state with single digits in the southern half.
  • March 3-6, 1965: Up to 21 inches of snow fell in Jonesboro.
  • March 5, 1967: Tornadoes struck Booneville, Hot Springs and Little Rock.
  • March 7, 1990: Flash flooding from heavy rains swept across the central and southwest portions of the state. Significant flooding along the Saline and Ouachita rivers also occurred.
  • March 9, 1901: Sixteen people were killed when tornadoes swept across the state from Forrest City to Piggott and Osceola. Another tornado struck Texarkana.
  • March 12, 1989: High temperatures were at or above 90 degrees in western and northern portions of the state.
  • March 12, 1998: A record low of 16 degrees was recorded in North Little Rock.
  • March 14, 1990: One person was killed when a tornado hit Fordyce.
  • March 14, 1959: Two people were killed when tornadoes hit the Lonsdale/Owensville area and Vilonia. Another tornado that struck Fulton County killed one.
  • March 28, 2020: An EF3 tornado struck the south and east side of Jonesboro, causing significant damage to homes and businesses, including a local mall. Twenty-two people were injured, but there were no fatalities.