9pm LIVE update: Watching storms to the west of the Arklatex


9pm Live Update:

7pm Live Update:

6:45 p.m. update: A Tornado Watch is in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday for northeast Texas, McCurtain County in Oklahoma, and all of southwest Arkansas. Storms that move into or develop over the Watch area will also be capable of high wind and large hail. Chief Meteorologist Todd Warren will provide an update on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. 

430pm Friday Update: 

SPC expects tornado watch to be issued before 7pm.  As of this time we don’t have any watches or warnings in effect.  Still looks like biggest tornado risk will be over the NE TX, SW AR, and SE OK.

330pm Friday Live Update:

1pm Friday Live Update:

A strong upper level disturbance will move into the region later today and bring a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms to all ArkLaTex counties and parishes. The Storm Prediction Center has most of  ArkLaTex in the ‘enhanced risk’ zone for severe weather, and numerous strong storms are possible. The threat window will be from this afternoon, to early tomorrow morning. High wind, large hail, and a few tornadoes are possible. A strong tornado (EF-2 or higher) will be possible north of I-20. 

Scattered rain and storms will be possible this morning. These storms may bring thunder and lightning, but the severe risk is low until the afternoon hours. Any storms that pop up between noon and this evening will carry the highest tornado threat. As the upper level disturbance moves in late in the day it will drive a frontal boundary across the region, and this boundary will be the trigger for a line of thunderstorms to develop. We may see more of a high wind threat with the storms after sunset. It appears the highest likelihood of severe weather will occur after sunset, so make sure you have access to the most recent watches and warnings. Futurecast shows the latest timing below. 

Temperatures today will be quite warm despite a lack of sun, as we will reach the mid 70s once again with a breezy south wind of 10 to 15 miles per hour, and a few gusts in the 20 mile per hour range. 

The severe weather threat will end late tonight and early tomorrow morning. A beautiful weekend is setting up. After a lingering shower early Saturday sunshine will return with highs near 70 both Saturday and Sunday.

A cold front early next week won’t bring any rain, but it will bring another significant temperature drop. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s Tuesday through at least Thursday. 

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