Strong to severe storms possible Friday night

Weekend looks dry and cooler

Strong to severe storms possible late Friday evening into Friday night. Weekend looks cooler and mainly dry.  More storms possible late next week.

Thursday proved to be another warm day in the Arklatex.  Thanks to a mix of sunshine and clouds, temperatures soared into the low to middle 80s.  Expect much of the same during the day Friday.  We'll see a partly to mostly cloudy sky with temperatures beginning in the mid 60s.  We'll again see a daytime high in the mid to upper 80s.

We have a bit of a change in the models on the timing of the front that will bring some showers and thunderstorms to our area.  It now appears that the system will arrive several hours sooner.  That means that the storms could be stronger.  The Storm Prediction Center now classifies the risk for severe weather as 'enhanced' for the NW edge of the Arklatex including Clarksville, Idabel/Broken Bow, De Queen, Dierks and Nashville.  The risk drops off as you look SE and is slight in Texarkana and marginal in Shreveport. Our model indicates that storms will enter the NW edge of the area as soon as 8pm.  They should arrive in Texarkana sometime around 10pm and in Shreveport near midnight.  Damaging wind, large hail and a few tornadoes will be possible.

The good news with the earlier arrival time is that the weekend should be dry.  Expect morning clouds Saturday to give way to some afternoon sunshine.  It will be breezy and cooler.  Highs this weekend will be in the low 70s.  Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 40s.  

Warmer will will quickly return next week as most of the week looks sunny.  Look for daytime highs to return to the 80s as soon as Monday.  It is possible that we could hit 90 degrees next Thursday.  Our next storm system is scheduled to arrive Friday with a chance for a few storms. A second round of strong to severe storms will be possible next weekend. This set up look to be conducive to strong to severe storms with very heavy rain.  Stay Tuned.

--Todd Warren


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