The end of the storms:  The severe weather threat looks to be wrapping up over most of the ArkLaTex.  We will likely continue to see lots of clouds over most of the area Thursday night.  Friday will see a mix of clouds and sunshine. The dry weather will continue through the weekend.

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A better chance of rain could come for more of our area a week from this Friday. By that time, we will definitely be in need of good rain!

Record-breaking heat possible:  Now that the storms are leaving us,  we will start to focus on some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far by this weekend.  Temperatures Friday will begin a warming trend.  Lows Friday morning will likely begin in the low to middle 60s.  Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. Highs Saturday will soar into the upper 80s to lower 90s.  We will likely be in the middle 90s Mother’s Day.  It is possible that we could see several days of record highs starting Sunday.  Temperatures next week will likely stay hot.  Highs will remain in the low to middle 90s.  Overnight lows will be warm in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  It is possible that we could more than a week without any rainfall.  The cause of the heat is a large area of upper-level high pressure.  This ridge could begin to breakdown by the end of next week.  It is possible we could see more rain sometime next weekend.

UPDATED 3:50 p.m: A tornado watch continues until 6 pm for parts of the ArkLaTex ahead of a line of storms that is currently moving through Shreveport-Bossier. We have seen an increase in the SE movement of the line of storms in the past hour. While areas in E TX and NW LA will see some heavy rain, amounts will not be as heavy as they have been over parts of SW AR and areas near Henderson. The severe weather threat has ended for the Texarkana area and will gradually end in by 5 pm for most of Shreveport-Bossier. The severe weather threat will likely end for all of the ArkLaTex by 8 pm.

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UPDATED 1:50 p.m.: A suspected tornado has touched down a few miles ESE of New Prospect in Rusk Co., Texas, with visual confirmation of debris falling in the Churchill area. The storm is tracking east toward Panola Co. Tune in to KTAL NBC 6 live on air or streaming live here and on the KTAL NBC 6 News app.

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Updated 11:45 a.m.: A Flood Watch is in effect until 7 p.m. today for McCurtain County, in Oklahoma, as well as Littel River, Sevier, Howard, Hempstead, and Nevada counties in Arkansas. These areas have received 1 to 2 inches of rain throughout the morning, with more likely as thunderstorms arrive this afternoon. Flash flooding of roads, creeks, and poor drainage areas is possible.

Updated 10:15 a.m. : A Tornado Watch is in effect until 6 p.m. for most areas of the ArkLaTex. While a few tornadoes are possible, the widespread threat will be damaging wind gusts.

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late this morning, with the storms strengthening as they move across the ArkLaTex this afternoon into this evening. There is a high threat of damaging straight-line wind gusts, but tornadoes and flash flooding will also be possible today. 

The setup: Warm and humid air will be drawn into the ArkLaTex this morning which will be the fuel or juice for the thunderstorms to feed on. An incoming area of low pressure and a trailing cold front will introduce the rest of the ingredients and be the triggers for thunderstorms to rapidly develop midday.

Risk level: This is an ‘Enhanced Risk’ for severe weather, a level 3 threat on the 1 to 5 scale. This means numerous severe thunderstorms are expected and a few of the storms could be intense. 

Threats: The primary severe weather threat today is for damaging straight-line wind gusts. The tornado threat will be highest with any storms that manage to develop ahead of the main squall line sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. We may also have a few tornadoes embedded within the line of thunderstorms. These are usually weak and brief in duration, but can still cause a lot of damage.  

Timing: This timing won’t be exact, but the severe weather threat will increase in northeast Texas and Oklahoma by the late morning. The thunderstorms will move into Arkansas, impacting Texarkana in the early afternoon as well as cities near Atlanta, Marshall, and Jefferson in Texas. The storms will be arriving in Shreveport/Bossier by the mid to late afternoon, as well as locations near Minden, Hope, and Carthage. The threat will be highest south of I-20 in Red River, Sabine, and Natchitoches parishes in the early evening with some severe weather potential lingering after sunset south of I-20.

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A better chance of rain could come for more of our area a week from this Friday. By that time, we will definitely be in need of good rain!

What to do today: Make sure you are in a safe building by the time the storms reach your location. Do not shelter in a mobile home or a car. Enable wireless emergency alerts if you have a smartphone, use a NOAA weather radio, and download Your Weather Authority app. 

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Heavy rain is also possible today: Most areas will receive 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, but there will be some areas that pick up 3 to 4 inches of rain. Roadway flooding will be possible, particularly during the afternoon and evening commute hours.

Potential rainfall through tonight

Today’s temperatures: With the rain arriving earlier in the day across the northern ArkLaTex high temperatures near and north of I-30 will be in the 70s. The areas impacted by the thunderstorms this afternoon will have a chance to warm into the low and mid-80s. 

High temperatures Thursday

Hot weather returns this weekend: We will dry out Friday with one more day in the 80s, but the temperature dial will go above 90 this weekend and for much of next week as high pressure builds over the region. This will also keep our weather pattern dry Friday afternoon through at least next Wednesday.