8:30pm live update: Severe storms to return Saturday

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Live update on Saturday severe weather 5/17/19 830pm. Strong to severe storms still expected over the ArkLaTex Saturday. The worst will probably arrive late in the day. More details on the chance for thunderstorms Tuesday.

Strong to severe storms invade the Arklatex Saturday afternoon through Saturday night.  Most of Sunday looks dry.  More storms possible over part of the area late Tuesday.  Hottest temperatures of the year so far late next week.

Friday was another mostly sunny and very warm day around the Arklatex.  Temperatures began in the mid 60s and warmed to the upper 80s.  Changes are on the way to begin the weekend.  A strong storm system will move into the middle of the country.  This system will bring the threat for severe thunderstorms that will move across the northern half of the area during the early afternoon and into all of the area late Saturday afternoon through Saturday night.  Wind will probably be the most widespread issue but several reports of large hail and a few tornadoes will also be possible.  See the latest outlook on the timing of this system from Futurecast below:

Quieter conditions will return to the area with a partly to mostly cloudy sky part of Sunday and most of Monday.  It is possible that we could have a few leftover scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday morning that will give way to some clearing late in the day. 

A second disturbance will graze the area Tuesday.  The Storm Prediction Center indicates that severe weather will be possible mainly across the northern half of the area Tuesday.  There is some uncertainty as to the southern extent of any storms that we experience as an upper level ridge will be building in from the south as this system move near us.    

This ridge will bring a mainly dry and hot weather pattern for this time of year late next week.  I expect daytime highs to return to the low 90s over most of the area.  Overnight lows will reflect some very humid conditions.  Expect morning temperatures to bottom out in the low 70s.  This dry weather pattern will likely continue through the Memorial Day weekend.

Average High/Low for this time of year 84/63.

–Todd Warren

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