11 a.m. Update: A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of northwest Louisiana, and Columbia County in Arkansas until 6 p.m. Even though the Watch goes until 6 p.m., the danger for any severe weather will come to an end in the ArkLaTex by 2 or 3 p.m. this afternoon. An isolated tornado or two will be possible, but the main threat for storms is expected to be large hail and damaging wind gusts.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A cold front that brought damaging thunderstorms to the northern ArkLaTex overnight will continue its trek through the ArkLaTex today. The threat for thunderstorms will increase by mid-morning through the early afternoon, but not all areas will see thunderstorms or the potential for severe weather today.
Temperatures remain mild to warm as we will be in the 60s and low 70s this morning. Ahead of the front, warm and humid air will build across deep East Texas, northwest Louisiana, and some areas of Arkansas. As the temperatures warm the air will become unstable and lead to scattered thunderstorms developing along the front by 9 or 10 a.m. The front should be located near Shreveport as the thunderstorm development occurs, and these storms will quickly move east. There may be enough instability for a few severe storms mainly south of I-20 in northwest Louisiana where a damaging wind gust or large hail will be possible, with a lesser threat for an isolated tornado. The Storm Prediction Center has an ‘Enhanced Risk’ of severe weather, a level 3 threat, across portions of Sabine and Natchitoches parishes. A ‘Marginal Risk’ or lesser level 1 threat extends further north towards the I-20 corridor including Shreveport. No additional severe weather is expected where we did see storm damage (downed trees and power lines) overnight in northeast Texas, Oklahoma, and Littler River, Sevier, and Howard counties in Arkansas.
Futurecast shows the storms out of the ArkLaTex by 3 p.m. when the severe weather threat will be ending. High temperatures will be in the 70s and low 80s this afternoon with a breezy northwest wind kicking in behind the front during the day. Wind gusts may be up to 20 miles per hour.
The north breeze is bringing dry air into the region which is going to give us some great weather for the remainder of the week. Expect cooler temperatures tonight as lows will drop into the 50s, and daytime highs tomorrow will be in the 70s with low humidity. A wonderful day for early May.
This comfortable and dry weather will continue Thursday and Friday.
Watching the potential for a few raindrops this weekend, especially Sunday as we should see an uptick in rain and thunderstorms Sunday into early next week.