SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — What’s left of the thunderstorms across the ArkLaTex will soon end or move out of the area. We experienced several waves of storms across the area that resulted in numerous reports of large hail and damaging wind. The storms first developed Friday morning over the northern half of the area where they ended early in the afternoon. More storms fired up further south during the afternoon and evening. The daytime storms ended soon enough to allow the atmosphere to regain enough instability to allow the final line of storms Friday evening to cause widespread wind damage over southern McCurtain County, a small part of NE TX, and much of SW Arkansas. A station in Idabel reported a wind gust of 70 mph and a 60 mph gust was recorded at the De Queen airport. Fortunately, for East Texas and Northwest Louisiana, the atmosphere retained enough stability from the afternoon and early evening storms to reduce the intensity of the overnight storms as they moved south. Below is a map that contains the locations of wind damage and hail reports.
We will now settle into a quiet weather pattern that will last through Monday. The weekend will begin with lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Lows Saturday will dip into the 50s. Daytime highs will climb into the low to middle 70s with a breezy northwesterly wind. The weekend will end with lots of sunshine. It will be warmer Sunday with highs likely returning to the 80s.
Cooler air and an on-and-off chance for showers and a few thunderstorms will return for most of next week. As of right now, severe weather is not expected. We will eventually see daytime highs drop to the upper 60s to lower 70s. Overnight lows in the week ahead will mainly be in the 50s.