Update: Severe Thunderstorm Watch extended for the south quarter of the AkLaTex until 9 pm. It is still possible that a few storms could become severe with large hail. Look for thunderstorms to end this evening as much colder air invades the ArkLaTex behind a strong cold front.  Temperatures Thursday could be 30 degrees colder than Wednesday over much of the area. The coldest night of the winter is possible Friday night.

A strong cold front is making its way through the ArkLaTex and is producing scattered strong thunderstorms.  The threat of a few severe storms will continue through Wednesday evening with damaging straight-line winds being the main threat.  A few reports of hail will be possible.  While the tornado threat is very low, an isolated tornado cannot totally be ruled out. 

Hail covers Hwy 31 south of Marshall from a storm that dropped Egg-sized hail in Marshall.

The strongest storm that we have seen today tracked from near Longview through Marshall before weakening as it moved into Caddo Parish. The storm dropped 2″ diameter hail in Marshall and covered roads as you can see in the above picture taken on Hwy 31 at around 5:30 pm south of Marshall.

Futurecast shows that the storms will move out of the area late Wednesday evening.  Once the cold front moves through your area, the wind will shift around to the north and will become rather gusty.  We will likely see gusts of 20 to 30 mph Wednesday night under a mostly cloudy sky.  We will continue to see lots of clouds Thursday and much of Thursday night.  Sunshine will return Friday and will likely stick around into the beginning of next week.  

36-hour Futurecast forecast (updated every hour)

Once the storms end Wednesday evening, the highlight in our weather will turn to the cold.  Temperatures Thursday will be much colder.  After highs Wednesday in the 60s and 70s ahead of the cold front, highs Thursday will struggle to climb into the upper 30s to lower 40s.  We will see several nights with temperatures dipping near and below freezing.  Lows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights will likely be in the 20s.  The coldest night will be Friday night when we will see lows in the upper teens to low 20s.

Our next chance of rain will likely return late Monday, Monday night, and Tuesday.  As of right now, it appears that we will not see any severe weather and probably won’t even hear any thunder.  Once this system clears the area, we will settle into a dry and cool pattern next week with highs mainly in the 50s and lows mainly in the 20s and 30s.